Does A Dog Become Vicious If It Bites And Tastes Blood?
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If a dog bites someone, another dog, or another animal, will that make the dog vicious? Does the taste of blood make a dog more dangerous?
Blood has nothing to do with it. Many people feed dogs a raw diet. Raw diets are comprised of raw meat. Just because the dog tasted the blood dripping off of the meat won’t affect the dog’s current or future behavior.
Biting is a result of a variety of causes. Some bites are justified and some aren’t.
Viciousness refers to a dog that is mentally unstable. A vicious dog has a medical problem, such as a brain injury or tumor. If a dog bites a person, and the bite results in blood that the dog tastes, it doesn’t make the dog’s brain malfunction.
Police dogs regularly bite people, tasting blood. A Flock Guarding breed might get in a fight with a coyote or wolf, and it might cause the wild animal to bleed during the fight, that doesn’t then make the flock guarding dog go insane. Blood doesn’t make dogs go crazy.
The blood thing is a myth.
NOW… let’s address the real concern… what you are probably worried about is whether your dog is now dangerous after biting someone or another animal. Possibly. Once a dog bites, it might bite again. Some learning has taken place, and you need to reverse that learning immediately. It is IMPORTANT now to set up an evaluation and behavior lesson for your dog. I recommend starting with a Behavior Lesson, but be prepared that you will probably need to do additional lessons. Each lesson is customized. These issues sometimes require diligent effort on your part, so you have to be prepared for that. Don’t let this go on, because it will only get worse if you ignore it. Biting and fighting can usually be fixed. Please call today.
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.
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