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Exploring the Causes of Dog Bites

If a dog bites an individual, many people end up blaming the dog. However, the dog does not have any means of compensating the victim. Because of this, people often have to go after the dog’s owner with the help of a dog bite lawyer to get compensated for their injuries.

Dog bites are a huge problem today. More than 4.5 million people are bit by dogs each year. Many result in the individual needing medical treatment. At times, the injuries might go so far as to require reconstructive surgery or hospitalization. Mail carriers and children tend to be the main targets. Because of the epidemic, municipal ordinances and state laws are cracking down on all of these dangerous incidents. In some areas, dog owners are held liable for the actions of their dog. This means that the victim does not have to prove that the owner of the dog was negligent or that they knew about how vicious their dog was to begin with.

When you know why bites occur in the first place, you can help prevent them from happening. If prevention is not an option, it will help point out those individuals who are responsible and should be held legally responsible for the claim.

— Common Reasons Why Dog Bites Occur —

There are a number of reasons why dogs bite. Biting is often because of something going on in their environment. Some of the common causes are outlined below:

 

    • Fear – Many dogs bite out of fear. If they feel threatened by someone they do not know, another animal on their property or a trespasser, they will end up attacking to keep themselves safe.

 

    • Protection – Oftentimes, dogs are trained to protect their property. They become territorial. This can end up emerging when it gets triggered. Dogs also bite to protect puppies and their masters. They can feel territorial over their food. If they think someone is coming after their food, they might attack.

 

  • Sickness – At times, a dog might bite because they are sick. They become irritable and snap.

— Preventing a Dog Bite —

There are various steps that you can take to prevent a dog bite from occurring. Some of those are:

 

    • Avoiding any unfamiliar dogs. If you are not familiar with a dog, you should not assume it is friendly or attempt to approach it. Even a nice dog could end up lashing out on you if it is scared or territorial. Children need to let an adult know if they see a dog wandering around the neighborhood to make sure no one gets injured.

 

    • Avoid disrupting the dog. You can avoid being injured by leaving the dog alone. If a dog is eating, do not bother it. Avoid messing with the animal’s environment as well. Just like children, dogs like consistency and routines. Animals should never be messed with when they are eating, watching over their puppies or sleeping.

 

    • Avoid antagonizing the dog. You should never antagonize a dog. This includes such things as shoving the dog, hitting it or hurting it in general. Anyone who owns a dog or who is playing with the dog should not encourage them to play aggressively. In many instances, this is a valid defense for a dog owner to get out of paying if the other person antagonized the dog and that caused the animal to bite.

 

  • Confronting the dog. If a dog is acting menacing but has not attacked yet, you need to take the necessary steps to prevent the dog from attacking you in the first place. Do not make any sudden moves. Do not run from the dog. Avoid making any loud noises. The last thing you want to do is panic. You should also avoid making eye contact with the animal. Avoid taking an aggressive stance or any other type of action that could appear aggressive to the animal.

— Get Legal Assistance —

Even though you might do everything in your power to avoid being attacked by the dog, there are always going to be times when someone gets bit. Not only can this be terrifying, but it can also be frustrating as well. It becomes even worse when it is a child who is attacked by the dog. However, you cannot blame the dog alone for their actions. Dogs do not just bite because they want to. They often bite because something in their temperament was triggered that caused them to act out.

If you were injured by a dog, you need to hire a dog bite attorney who can help you figure out what steps to take next. The lawyer will walk you through everything you can claim in your personal injury case and what you cannot. Do not hire just any lawyer. Hire an attorney who has dealt with cases like yours in the past. This will save you a lot of time and hassles along the way in making sure you get the compensation you deserve. There are a lot of things that you can claim in a dog bite case that you might not be aware of in the first place. This is why it is so important to have someone with experience working on your case.

As frustrating as it might be to deal with being attacked by a dog, there are things that you can do to make sure you are compensated fairly. Hang in there and follow the proper protocols to get everything you deserve and more.

Are dogs motivated by treats?

Many dog owners believe the only way to reward dogs is by using treats or assume that dogs only respond to treats.

The reality is that we don’t give dogs enough credit. Dogs don’t need to be rewarded by food or treats only to learn something. They are smarter than you think and obviously you are a smart individual as well.

The problem with treat training is that dog owners assume that dogs are motivated by treats only. That is not true. There are two types of dogs; one who love treats and those who don’t care about treats. If a piece of treat is in front of a dog, he may end up doing anything depending how hungry he is which is a normal and natural response from a dog.

If we assume that a dog is motivated by treat, that is because he loves treats. That‘s all. That does not mean that he is responding to treats or understands the exercise. He is responding to the temptation. If a dog is treat lover and you tease him with treats constantly, you are actually stressing and agitating him. Plus he is not focused on the task but the food. That is cruel to the dog.

Treats can be used for rewarding the dog for being a balanced, well behaved individual but I do not recommend using treats for training dogs. When treats are used to implement a behaviour to a dog, the dog tends to connect it with survival and hunger related situation which has nothing to do with teaching a behaviour.

A behaviour needs to be taught to a dog when the dog has developed a deep connection with the human using other systems than food or treats. When treats are used with a dog that is not balanced and well behaved, the dog misreads the idea and the techniques as being rewarded for being unbalanced.

There are also dogs that are not interested in treats. Yes, I have come across so many dogs that are not interested in treats at all and dog owners are forcing the dogs to love the treats, eat it and respond to the command.

These kinds of dogs are obviously not responding to the treats but are looking for some other form of motivation that could be found and build by connection between the dog and the owners.

Dog owners need to work on building relationship with their dog rather than spending money on the treats and tools. You can use your praise just for the sake of praise for your dog. That is hundred times more effective and rewarding to a dog than the most expensive treat in the world.

Many dog trainers use treat training system because most dog trainers have been taught the same system. But the reality is that there are other systems of dog training in these day and age.

Anybody can put a treat in front of a dog and ask it to sit and of course the dog will sit. You don’t need to be a dog trainer to train dog owners that.

I use play, praise reward system to train dogs. Not many dog trainers use this system because either they are not aware of it or it is hard for them to learn it. It is easy to use the system to teach the public and dog owners. Dogs respond to play and praise more than treats and it is more reliable.

I have been training my own dogs and hundreds of dogs without treats for years and I can assure you, it is more effective and reliable than anything else.

In a nutshell, if you are depending on treats to get results from your dog, it means you don’t have a solid, healthy relationship with your dog.

Work on building a better communication and relationship with your dog, which takes a long time and don’t use temptations to lure in your dog to you.