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Preventing Dog Bites through Training and Treatment

Managing a dog which has demonstrated a tendency to bite can be a long and arduous undertaking requiring a significant change in behavior for the owners and proper education of their guests. Domesticated dogs are aware of the concept that biting is wrong, but some animals lack the ability to control themselves when they become excited or agitated.

When dangerous behavior like this is identified, it is the responsibility of the dog’s owner to take decisive action to reduce risk for themselves, other people, and the dog by modifying their behavior and learning how to help the dog avoid situation in which they may become dangerous. With time and effort, any dog can be successfully integrated into a household in a manner which does not present a hazard to guests.


Dogs that become agitated or anxious easily are likely responding to conditions that have been created by their owners, although the owners were likely unaware of that they were encouraging negative behavior. Overcoming a tendency to bite once it has become a problem is challenging, but the following methods can help:

  • Medication. Becoming excited and agitated is frequently a trigger for negative behavior in dogs, as they lose inhibitions. Drugs like Prozac have been shown to be very effective in reducing anxiety and over-enthusiasm.
  • Ignoring unwanted behavior. Dogs key into human responses to what they do, and ignoring them is the most effective way to combat a negative behavior. Any attention, negative or positive, can reinforce a behavior.
  • Using a leash in the house. Dogs generally do not associate the tugging of a leash with the person on the other end of it, so an excellent way to curtail bad behavior is to leave the leash on in the house and then drag the dog to a timeout spot when they misbehave.

While ignoring a pet can be difficult, dog owners must take responsibility for their pet’s behavior and they must take steps to ensure that other people are not put at unnecessary risk.

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The victims of a dog bite should never be left paying the bills for the negligence of the dog’s owner. If you have been injured in a dog bite accident, the skilled and experienced Cincinnati personal injury lawyers of Stepleton Dugan, LLC, can help to ensure that you recover maximum compensation for your losses. Contact us at 513-321-7733 today for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case.

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6071 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45213
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