7 Important Steps To Keep A Scared Or Anxious Dog From Biting You


People and dogs are often perfect companions for one another. Dogs can be sweet and intelligent, and they can provide mental, physical, and emotional support for people.

Dogs are so incredible that they can become therapy pets, airport security agents, and even be part of police forces or the military.

Despite how amazing dogs are, we also have to remember that they are animals with their own free will and emotions, and their own ways of reacting to certain situations.

Unfortunately, that means that sometimes dogs bite, especially if they are scared or nervous. In fact, the CDC reports that there are around 4.5 million dog bites in the United States every year.

Even people who are very experienced with dogs still get bitten once in a while. However, there are things everyone should know in order to prevent and avoid dog bites.

Read on to find out more about dog bites, how to prevent them, and what to do if you’re bitten.

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According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), dogs bite for a few different reasons.

Dogs may bite because they’re stressed, scared, defensive, or threatened.

Dogs are also known to bite if they aren’t feeling well, or in order to protect themselves of their territory.

Typically, dogs don’t bite without reason — and you can usually tell if a dog is starting to get agitated.

Laura Caseley for LittleThings

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