Train Your Dog Now: An Obedient Dog Is a Harmless Dog
Your dog is part of your family. He has never hurt anyone and you completely trust him around your children. However, he is protective and you fear he might attack someone he saw as a threat. Although you value his loyalty, you never want him to inflict harm on anyone else and would never forgive yourself if it happened.
The fact is, 1,000 people seek treatment every day for injuries related to dog bites. Additionally, the number of Americans hospitalized for dog bite injuries has doubled over the last fifteen years. Sadly, almost half of those who are injured by dogs are children.
Create a Good Foundation by Training Your Dog
There is no guarantee that your dog will never bite another person, but you can decrease the chances of it occurring by teaching your dog to listen to you. All dogs should go through obedience training, but at the very least, you can do the following:
- Start with the basics. Teaching your dog that you are in control can help you contain an out-of-control situation. If you teach your dog commands such as “come,” “heel,” “no,” “sit,” and “stay,” chances are you may be able to stop him from engaging in dangerous behavior by keeping him away from the potential bite victim.
- Make sure he is socialized to other people and dogs. If your dog doesn’t spend much time with people outside your family, chances are he will be quite fearful and defensive whenever he encounters someone new. Gradually introduce him to friends to help him become socialized and possibly prevent a bite from occurring.
- Train him to drop toys. Dogs can become extremely possessive of their favorite toys and may bite if they feel you are attempting to take them away. Instead of having to put yourself or others in danger by retrieving the toy with your hands, teach him to drop the toy on your verbal command. Doing so could prevent a serious injury.
Dog Bites Are Dangerous
Dog bites can be severe and could result in costly medical bills. If you are the victim of a dog bite, Morton Law Offices, Chartered may be able to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 208.344.5555 or toll free at 888.716.8021 or complete our online contact form.
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