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How To Approach an Unfamiliar Dog
It is imperative to know how to approach an unfamiliar dog in the proper way to ensure that you and those around you will be safe. It is also important along those lines to know the way one should not approach an unfamiliar dog, and children should be taught the same. A child may be unaware that his or her actions could upset a normally docile dog into biting or aggressive behavior.
A dog will bite for three reasons: randomly, out of fear, or for self-preservation.
The behavior of an unfamiliar dog is dependent on your situation. For example, when you are strolling through a neighborhood, keeping to yourself and a dog appears to leave its yard and approaches you to bite, this dog is a random biter. This dog has obviously been pampered and spoiled and more than likely feels a superiority in its household. The breed of the animal could range from a Giant Schnauzer to a Toy Chihuahua.
It is fortunate that most dogs are not random biters because they are usually restricted to the home with their owners being completely aware of their deviant tendencies. Most likely, they have suffered bites from their own pets if they didn’t let them have their way.
Biting out of Fear
The dog that bites out of fear is exceptional in that its behavior could be a result of its genetics, or it could have been brought up as a puppy with limited interaction with people or different situations. If it does bite, the animal could be feeling a sense of panic at the time.
If one approaches a normally friendly dog that is injured, it could become fearful and bite. For instance, if you are driving along a highway and find that there is a dog lying on the road that has been injured by a vehicle, it may think that you were the driver, misunderstanding your good intentions.
Biting out of Self-Preservation or Protection
Lastly, the type of biter that will have self-preservation or the protection of someone or something on its mind will not have any other motive to spur it on. Working breeds usually produce this type of biter. Working breeds include dogs that, in the past, were bred to protect its owner’s property or real estate, or the type of dog a shepherd would have employed. Although most dogs would have a protective character, the working breeds manifest the traits primarily.
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