Labradors are one of the most popular breeds in the world. They have been bred for many years to be obedient, loyal, affectionate and playful. These traits make them very desirable companions for children or adults alike. However, there are some problems associated with these qualities. Labradors tend to bite if they feel threatened or upset and will continue doing so even after their owner attempts to calm them down. There are several ways to deal with this behavior but the best way is to teach your dog not to do it in the first place.
The Problem With Biting
Bite inhibition refers to a dog’s ability to control his aggressive behaviors and is often confused with shyness. If you’ve ever had a timid cat, then you’ll understand why bite inhibition isn’t always easy for dogs. A dog may seem like he’s completely fine with another dog or person approaching him, but when someone actually gets close enough to bite him, he snaps out of it.
A dog that bites too much is usually a bit nervous around other animals because they’re unpredictable and scary. Dogs don’t get attacked by wild animals all the time, so they need to learn that biting isn’t going to end well for them. If you can get your dog to control his biting, then you won’t have to worry about him getting bitten by other animals.
The best way to get your dog to not bite is to start when they’re a puppy. Don’t let them bite anything or anyone, including you. This may be a bit difficult at first, but after a while you’ll find that they only bite when they’re very excited and will usually obey commands right away.
If they do bite you, give them a loud, short “Ow!” and pull back. Don’t let them out of your sight for a few minutes so they know that what they did was wrong. After a while, they’ll learn that if they bite you or anything else you don’t like it and will stop immediately when you give the command.
Wait Until They’re Calm
Always make sure that the dog is calm before letting them outside or to greet people. If your dog gets too worked up, then they’re more likely to bite something or someone. When they’re calm, they’re less likely to react in a negative way.
Don’t Let Them Gather Up Courage
If you know someone is coming over and your dog is prone to biting, keep them away from the door. Even if the person isn’t coming inside, the dog may be able to reach the door and attack when they come inside. If you’re by yourself and can’t keep them away from the door, tell someone to let them in so they don’t gather up their courage to attack.
If you’ve taught your dog not to bite, then they won’t attack. It’s important that you teach them not to bite as soon as they start growing teeth and let them know that it’s not acceptable behavior. Never play aggressive games with your dog that would make them think that biting is fun or acceptable. Play fetch instead, this way they associate biting with something bad rather than another game.
Tell anyone who comes over that you have a dog and to not startle or make sudden movements around it because it’s likely that it will snap at them. You may need to put up a warning sign as well.
If you follow these steps, then your dog shouldn’t be snapping at anyone anytime soon. If it does happen, then you’ll have to go through retraining again. It’s a bit of extra work, but in the long run your dog will be easier to take out in public and you won’t have to worry about it attacking someone unprovoked.
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