Dog Bites: Prevention Tips To Keep Your Family Safe

Puppies are cute, but they have very sharp teeth and toenails. It’s best not to lay on the ground where they can reach your face.

Don’t let them bite or scratch you, even if it’s fun. Stand up so that you are taller than your puppy.

Biting can become a bad habit and when your dog gets bigger, it can be dangerous. At 4-8 weeks of age, a puppy’s mouth will get 28 baby teeth.

Ok, so now you know that a puppy has 28 teeth when he is only 8 weeks old. That’s a lot of teeth! Those teeth are very sharp. And your puppy will be larger
and stronger some day. So try real hard to teach your new puppy not to bite you, even if he is playing.

Here’s how to teach your pup not to bite:

When your puppy puts his teeth on you, say “No” and walk away. Go get him a toy, give it to him, and when he takes it, say “Good boy”. If your puppy continues to bite your leg, your pants, or your hands, put him outside, in a crate, or a pen, until you think he’s calmed down. Try again later.

Teach your puppy how to take a treat from your hand when he is very young:

Hold out your open hand. Put the treat in the palm of your hand. Let your dog take the treat from your hand. Don’t hold a treat between your fingers because some dogs will accidentally grab your fingers with the treat.

Here’s another reason to teach your puppy how to take a treat from your hand when he is very young:

At 4-7 months of age, the baby teeth fall out and are replaced with 42 permanent, adult (big!) teeth.

Many babies love dogs, but they should never be left alone together.

The Rest of the Story:

Even if you train your own dog to be good citizen, you will meet lots of other dogs during your lifetime. Keeping safe can be as easy as remembering the three things listed below. Don’t skip this part! You’ll find lots more information when you click on the next three links.