My Dog Bit Me and Drew Blood, What Do I Do?
“My dog bit me and drew blood!” Scary! Obviously, you’re very concerned — and you certainly should be! You need to learn right away why they did this, and even more importantly: how to stop your dog from biting you before they start doing it to other people and dogs too!
It’s not uncommon for dogs to bite their owners, and most of the time the reason they did so is not a huge concern — though it’s always something that needs to be addressed right away. You can’t allow this to continue because things are already too serious. So let’s not delay things any longer and get to the information you’re after!
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How to Stop Your Dog From Biting You
To stop your dog from biting you, handle your response based on whether your dog was playing and just got carried away, or if they were biting due to aggression. If your dog bit you while playing, then immediately stop play while calmly but firmly saying “no.” After a pause, you can continue playtime but keep stopping if your dog keeps nipping at you.
This should quickly teach your dog that they will not get to play if they bite, and they should learn to stop. Just be consistent and patient, and ensure that anyone else who plays with your dog is also following these simple steps.
Now, if your dog is biting due to aggression, then you have a more serious issue on your hands which will require more work — but it’s still very able to be done and likely won’t be as hard as you might imagine. Let’s start first by talking about what makes dogs tick deep down.
You’ve probably heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader. Well, right now when your dog gets aggressive and bites you or others, they are essentially telling you that they have absolutely no respect for your authority at all.
They run the show. They’re in charge. Your dog makes decisions and does anything and everything that they want. And when anyone tries to stop them, they lash out and bite. So when your dog has been biting at you and others lately, they’re saying in the harshest way possible that they think that they are your pack leader.
Obviously, this is not a good thing — particularly when your dog is taking it to the extent of getting violent.
But fortunately, you can end this horrible misbehavior — along with the many other problems you’re likely also seeing because of it — by showing your dog that you are the one who is in charge. That you call the shots. That you — and you alone — are the leader of the family pack.
And while this might seem like it will be something that’s a struggle or that will cause your dog to get even angrier or more aggressive, that’s just not the case. Having this responsibility is very stressful to a dog, and you’re seeing that when they bite you and engage in other aggressive behaviors.
“Okay, well I’m definitely ready to stop all of this, but how exactly do I do that?”
Well, I’d recommend an excellent free video series that’s on just this subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan. In it, he’ll teach you everything you need to know in ways that are very easy to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets right to the point so that you’ll start seeing these important changes in your dog in a hurry.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t worry, because you won’t be changing your dog by scaring them into submission or getting even more aggressive than they’ve been. Dan’s methods are 100% humane and loving at all times, not just because it’s the right thing but also because it’s the best way to achieve fast, lasting results.
My Dog Bit Me, What Should I Do?
If your dog bit you only once, then they likely just got carried away while playing and accidentally nipped you. It’s common for puppies to bite when excited, though older dogs will do things like jump and bite when excited too. You might also see it from older dogs only in certain situations, like when they go on a walk. If your dog bit you and drew blood, then you should take care of the cut and seek medical attention if it’s severe.
But if your dog has been acting aggressively lately, or has bitten you or others before, then you need to stop this through the use of behavioral training right away. Calming an aggressive dog takes techniques both in the moment and on an ongoing basis. Go back to the first section where we’ll teach you.
My Dog Tried to Bite Me
If your dog tried to bite you, then you need to consider the situation as a whole, as well as their recent behavior to determine what you should do. If your dog was also jumping around, acting excited, and doing play bows, then you can safely assume that they were just over-excited and not being aggressive.
In this case, when your dog tries to bite you during play, immediately stop and say “no” calmly but firmly. Wait for your dog to settle before continuing play. Once resumed, if they do so again, then stop this play session for the time being while again giving a calm but firm “no.” Your dog should quickly learn that this isn’t acceptable and should learn to stop.
But if you’ve seen other signs of aggression around the time your dog tried to bite you — or just in general — you need to start addressing this immediately. Left unchecked, your dog’s attempts to bite will quickly turn successful, and they will likely try to bite others as well. Go back to the first section to learn how to do this.
My Dog Bit Me Over Food
If your dog bit you over food, then this is a very serious issue. Also known as resource guarding or canine possession aggression, this can quickly escalate into biting you or others at any particular time of the day for seemingly no reason whatsoever.
Dogs exhibiting this type of aggression can become very dangerous dogs if their behavior isn’t addressed. We went over what to do in the first section.
I’m sure you’re eager to stop your dog biting you and others, so I’ll let you get started now. Good luck with everything and thank you for reading “My Dog Bit Me and Drew Blood, What Do I Do?”