Nipping nipping in the bud

By Jon Bastian It’s natural behavior for puppies to bite. As they begin to teethe, they naturally need things to chew on. Also, dogs generally prefer to use their mouths over their paws for manipulating objects, and this behavior begins in puppyhood as young pooches start to explore their world. It can be cute at […]

My dog bit me — now what?

By Jon Bastian No matter how close you are to your dogs, sometimes the unexpected can happen and your dog bites you. So now what? The first step, of course, is to stay calm. This isn’t the end of your relationship and doesn’t mean that your dog has turned into an aggressive killer. There are […]

Dog bite prevention

By Pawfessor Dion This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week®, sponsored by a coalition including the United States Postal Service, State Farm Insurance, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. The event is designed to raise awareness of dog bite statistics and help to educate the public on preventing dog bites. Every year in the […]

What to do if you’re bitten by a dog

Dog bites can happen for a lot of reasons, from a puppy in the teething stage nipping you to an attack by a strange dog on the street. When dealing with dog bites, there are certain steps to take, but what to do depends upon the circumstances and severity of the injury. Here’s our advice […]

Why dog bites happen and how to stop dog biting

By Dr. Kristy Conn Approximately four and a half million people are bitten by dogs in the United States every year and one fifth of them end up needing medical attention for their wounds. Children are the most common victims with half of bite wound victims being under the age of thirteen. Children are much […]

How to break up a dog fight

Dear Dion, I have read several articles in our local paper about people witnessing a dog fight and wanting to stop the dog fight but did not know how to stop a dog fight. I am impulsive when it comes to these things and it caused me to ask what is the best thing to […]

Protecting children from dog bites

By Edward P. Buchanan, MD It is estimated that over 4 million people are bitten by dogs yearly (1). Nearly 800,000 of these injuries require hospital visits, and close to one half of these patients are children Although most people are treated in the emergency department and sent home, there are a few unfortunate people […]

When (several) dogs attack…

Having an encounter with one aggressive dog while you’re out is bad enough, and worse if that dog attacks your own. But what do you do if more than one aggressive dog go after you or your dog? We’ve already explained what to do when dogs attack, and many of the techniques described there will […]

Puppy Biting – Nip It In The Bud

1 Extra Notes Biting or nipping is normal behavior for your puppy. Your puppy is learning what he is capable of, and how his behavior affects those around him. It is best to address puppy biting as early as possible. Biting occurs often when your puppy wants to play with you. Puppies normally learn to […]

When dogs attack

By Jon Bastian You may have heard the news about a 63 year-old woman who was mauled to death by four dogs in Palmdale, California, when she was jogging. While most such incidents don’t end as tragically, joggers, runners, bicyclists and others know all too well the problem of suddenly being pursued, snapped at, or […]

How To Avoid Dog Bites

Most dog bites occur in the home. More than likely, your four-legged best friend doesn’t mean to hurt you, but might get carried away during playtime and accidentally nip you. Other dogs, especially small ones, will nip at you for attention, and puppies may use you for teething. Here are some tips for reducing the […]