My Dog Bites Me When Scared
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Why do dogs bite when they are scared?
When dogs are fearful, they have two options: run away or fight back. That is what is meant by “fight or flight”.
It is perfectly normal for a fearful dog to bite. It is how animals are programmed by nature. There is no higher motivation that escape from danger. Thus, no amount of scolding, corrections, or punishment (and that includes alpha roll overs, electric collars, shake cans filled with coins, spray bottles, spanking, etc.) will ever stop a fearful dog from biting.
The bigger question is why is your dog afraid?
If your dog is biting you, then you are in over your head. You need professional behavioral advice. There are usually good ideas to get your dog over being afraid, and then that will stop the biting. The fearfulness is the root of the problem, the biting is the symptom.
Go get professional help.
Sam Basso is a professional dog trainer and behaviorist, in the Phoenix/ Scottsdale metropolitan area. He’s known for being fun, kind, intelligent, and humane. Sam Basso has a unique personal touch. He has appeared on his own TV show, been a guest radio expert, gives seminars, publishes a dog related blog, does rescue volunteering, and is active in promoting animal welfare and fair dog laws.