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Although the dog was presenting for fear (aggression) to unfamiliar people, I’d already greeted the dog, he was comfortable taking treats, AND the owners had marked in the preconsult records that he had never bitten anyone before. You would think that a person would clearly see how dangerous this situation is; however, according to Levine, this family had no real experience with aggressive dogs.
One way to find out how serious a bite may be is to acknowledge that different levels of bites exist.
Level 3B: the dog bites multiple times leaving skin punctures shallower than half of the canine.
Level 4: the dog bites once with punctures deeper than the length of the canine (the dog bit and clamped down) or the bite produces slashes in both directions from the puncture which indicates that the dog bit and shook his head. Now that you know dogs can bite at different levels and early snapping and low level bites can, and often do, lead to more severe bites, you can start addressing the biting earlier, as soon as you see warning signs. For information on how to prevent dog bites or the types of behavior modification that are safe or appropriate, go to Help, My Dog Bites! Thanks for such an informative article and for providing a framework and scale for dog bites to humans AND the links to prevention, including human behavior.
Ask anyone who has experienced the trauma of a dog bite and they will tell you it isn’t something they care to repeat — ever!
I am always amazed by people who charge up to a leashed dog and plunge their hand into the animal’s face.
Yet we expect our dogs to be submissive and permit a stranger’s violation without incident. Few dog lovers have escaped the occasional nip as the result of a play session that got too rambunctious. Use props for distraction (brooms, rakes, cans, boxes, water — spraying the dogs with a hose will break up a fight nearly every time); grab anything within reach and toss it toward the fighting animals.


Do not reach for your dog immediately after a fight; the adrenaline is still pumping and he may mistake you as a continuation of the battle.
As with most accidents, some dog bites are the result of careless mistakes on the human’s part.
Suddenly, without warning, the dog stood and lunged at my face, breaking the chain as he came at me. Pets Adviser’s own Debora Lichtenberg, VMD, provides another compelling article regarding the issue of aggressive dogs from a professional point of view. Usually when people think about bites and aggression, they think about mauling or think the dog has to intend to be mean. It’s important to realize that even little dogs and puppies can bite hard enough to kill infants and small children, just the way little knives can. Hopefully, the situation won’t escalate into something life-threatening for your dog or others.
I have read a large number of blogs on Dog bites, Rabies etc but the description along with the pictorial representation has made this post one of the best posts that i have ever read till date.
Cattle Dog Publishing takes scientific principles of animal behavior and creates practical applications that are easy to understand and accessible for everyday use. No wonder there are more than 800,000 physician-treated dog bites reported each year in the United States. I have been bitten twice by the same dog – Juno — and she is the sweetest of the five! Emergency physicians report that the highest incidence of dog bites treated in hospitals result from humans intervening in dog fights. Our legal system tries to understand who, what, when, where, how and so on before handing down a penalty. Judging the reason for a dog bite, the consequences and the potential for a repeat should use equal measures.


If the dog actually meant to bite (rather than just give you a warning), you would have the holes to prove it. While any of the lower bite levels should act as a neon sign telling the owners to seek help from a qualified and educated behavioral modification specialist (link to my site), the level 4 bite says, “Man, you should have gotten help three years ago. Some dogs are so fearful that a scary event triggers a high arousal state and they get stuck in a reactive mode, continuing to bite hard. Dogs can bite this hard due to fear, but they can also bite and cause death due to over aroused play.
Dog bites are very common all over the world and to show the seriousness of the need to evaluate the bite levels could have never been so good than you have done.
Fearful dogs suddenly can become scared and reactive when the person they’re nervous around changes posture, moves suddenly, or approaches them, especially head-on. Once your dog has actually bitten at this level (or higher) he will always be considered a liability, even if, with behavior modification, he is 99.9% improved.
Or if he was scared out of his mind by my movement he would have kept biting, even if it was only a soft bite owing to lack of enough confidence to bite hard. A dog biting at this level presents a screaming liability to the owners, both in terms of money and family members because this type of bite can kill a child. But it was still a bite; the owners should have known that it could happen and should have had Ferdinand on leash or still wearing his muzzle. Instead, learn the signs of fear and anxiety that the dog probably showed prior to this situation and learn to spot the common inappropriate human actions that may have contributed to the snap.



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