My Dog Bit My Face, What Should I Do? (Aftercare, Causes, How to Stop!)

“My dog bit my face, what should I do?!” Right now you’re probably hurting in more ways than one, but the good news is that this article is going to provide you with immediate steps for aftercare, explain why your dog bit your face, and teach you the steps to take so that it doesn’t happen again.

We’ll go over the important actions to take if your dog bites your face, including medical aftercare. We’ll delve into the reasons why dogs might bite a person’s face, including differentiating between playfulness and aggression (and if a puppy bites your face). Finally, we’ll guide you on how to stop your dog biting your face once and for all. Keep reading!

My Dog Bit My Face, What Should I Do?

My Dog Bit My Face, What Should I Do?

If your dog bit your face, it’s important to address both the immediate physical and long-term behavioral aspects of the incident. Immediate attention to any injuries is crucial, and understanding why the bite occurred is important to prevent future incidents. Addressing the underlying causes of the bite and implementing training can help ensure it doesn’t happen again.

My Dog Bit Me in the Face: What Happened?

A dog biting you in the face can be the result of various factors such as fear, anxiety, territorial behavior, or even playfulness that went too far. It’s important that you assess the situation that led to the bite, including your dog’s body language and environmental factors, to understand the underlying cause of this behavior.

Dog Bites to the Face: Aftercare

After a dog bite to the face, immediate medical attention is necessary, especially since facial bites can lead to serious injuries. Clean the wound gently and seek medical advice to assess the need for treatments such as antibiotics or a tetanus shot. It’s also important to monitor the wound for signs of infection.

How to Stop Dog Biting My Face

To prevent your dog from biting your face, focus on understanding and modifying their behavior:

  1. Identify and avoid situations that trigger your dog’s aggressive behavior. Pay attention to their body language to recognize signs of discomfort or stress.
  2. Train the ‘settle’ command. Start by choosing a designated ‘settle’ spot like a bed or mat. Guide your dog to the spot and use the command ‘settle’. Reward them when they lie down calmly. This command helps to calm your dog and redirect their focus away from biting.
  3. Teach the ‘sit’ command. Start in a quiet environment, hold a treat near your dog’s nose, and slowly raise it above their head, causing their bottom to lower. As they sit, say ‘sit’, then give the treat. This command helps in managing your dog’s behavior and maintaining control in various situations.

Your dog biting your face requires immediate medical attention and a thorough assessment of what led to the incident. Remember that while the training commands will help, the underlying behavioral issues (fear, anxiety, territoriality, etc.) that were causing all of this to begin with will still be present.

And until you address those, any positive changes you see will only be temporary.

“Well, how do I make these changes last?”

By getting your dog to truly choose to follow your direction, that’s how. I tried many times to write out how you can do that before deciding it made more sense to just link you to the free video series that explains it better than I’d ever be able to.

The series is by a man named Dan who is one of the world’s leading dog obedience trainers. In it, he teaches you how to put an end to things like your dog biting your face and all other misbehavior using his fast and easy-to-follow methods.

In the first video, Dan will reveal to you why the two most common methods of dog training only doom you to failure. You can watch the video now by clicking here. Follow the proven system he’ll show you in his series and you’ll never have to spend another second worrying about why your dog bit your face ever again!

Why Did My Dog Bite My Face?

Why Did My Dog Bite My Face?

Your dog bit your face due to reasons that can range from playful behavior gone too far, to fear, anxiety, or even a misunderstanding of your actions. It’s important that you assess the context of the incident, including your dog’s body language and the situation, to understand what triggered this unusual behavior.

Why Does My Dog Try to Bite My Face?

Your dog tries to bite your face possibly due to playfulness, overexcitement, or as a misguided form of interaction. In some cases, it might be a response to something they perceive as a threat or an invasion of their space.

Understanding your dog’s body language and temperament can help determine the cause and prevent future incidents. We explain that more below, but if you’d like to learn about the commands you’ll need to stop the behavior, you can learn those now in the first section.

My Puppy Bit My Face, Do I Handle It Differently?

If your puppy bit your face, it’s often a matter of teaching bite inhibition, as puppies are still learning how to moderate their bite and interact appropriately. Consistent training, gentle corrections, and redirecting their biting behavior away from places like your nose to suitable toys can help.

Puppies often bite when excited during play, so it’s important to teach them early that faces are not for biting.

Dog Biting Face: Signs of Play vs. Aggression

Differentiating between playful biting and aggression is key in understanding why your dog bit your face. Playful bites are usually softer and part of a playful body language, including a wagging tail and inviting postures like play bows.

Aggressive biting, however, is often harder and accompanied by warning signs like growling, stiff body posture, and direct, intense eye contact.

In conclusion, understanding why your dog bit your face is essential for preventing similar incidents in the future. Whether it’s due to playfulness, fear, or aggression, recognizing the signs and addressing the behavior through training and understanding their needs can help foster a safer and more harmonious relationship with your dog.

You’re probably ready to get going now that you have all of your questions about why your dog bites your face answered, so I’ll let you begin. Good luck, and thanks for reading our article “My Dog Bit My Face, What Should I Do? (Aftercare, Causes, How to Stop!)”.

The Author

KB Williams

KB Williams

Hey there! I'm a dog behavior expert and lover of travel. Since 2016, I've been sharing my knowledge of dog training and behavior while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.