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As the old adage goes, “Dogs are man’s best friend.” However, there  are times when people just can’t understand why their beloved dogs  behave in a different manner. 

Hence, it is extremely important to know the underlying reasons why dogs  sometimes behave differently.  

You can teach your dog appropriate behavior. Experts say that dog behaviors  can be controlled through proper training. 

Dog behaviors are actually responses that are mostly triggered by  environmental and social factors. Hence, to control these responses, the  owner should teach his dogs the proper way to respond to such elements.  Let’s explore a few of the methods: 

Dog Bite 

Statistics show that almost 5 million people in the U.S. are victims of dog  bites annually. This is almost 2% of the total population in the U.S. What’s  more, dog bites cases rank as second most common cause of emergencies in  the hospitals. 

So, the question is: Why dogs bite? 

According to the experts, the main reasons why dogs may bite are the  following: 

  1. Excitement 

When somebody plays with his or her dog, the tendency of the dog is to get  excited, and because dogs don’t have hands to use when playing, they use  their mouth to grasp things. When this happens, there is the tendency that  the dog might accidentally hurt people without intending to do anything  harmful. 

  1. Protection 

Dogs can be very possessive, so, whenever he wants to protect something  that he owns, he will bite whoever threatens to take it away from him.  Hence, when people get near the dog’s property, the dog’s tendency is to  bite to make the person leave his property alone. 

  1. Pain 

When the dog is not feeling well, he does not understand why he is feeling  that way. Therefore, when a person, even if it’s his master, touches him, he  may think that it’s the person who causes the pain and so his tendency is to  fight back by biting. 

  1. Fear 

Dogs are sometimes afraid just like humans. That is why when somebody  startles him, the dog’s only known protection for itself is to bite back. 

The best thing is to avoid these situations and leave the dog alone. The  problem with so many people is that they want to always play around with  their dog without learning how and when the dogs should be left alone. 

Like humans, dogs have feelings too. When these feelings are all mixed up,  their only known protection for themselves is to bite because they cannot  understand the situation logically. Therefore, people should know that in  order to avoid such circumstances. 

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There are many households that have pets. Animals are a fun and welcome  addition to a home. When you are expecting a baby you should know that there  are ways to prepare your dog for the new addition. Preparation for a baby is top  priority and getting your pet used to the idea of a new person being there is most  important. Just like any other form of training, it is best to remain positive and  patient with your dog so that they will learn the things you want them to. After all,  there’s no room for mistakes when there’s a baby involved and you can never be  too prepared. 

Some tips for preparing before the baby arrives: 

If the mother-to-be is the one that is usually the closest with the pet, let another  member of the family begin daily activities with the dog. Allow someone else to  walk it, feed it, and give it attention so that the dog does not feel abandoned when  the baby arrives. 

Be sure that your pet is very healthy and has all required vaccinations. A check-up  with the vet will make sure that your pet is parasite and disease-free. Also talk with  your vet about what you should expect when exposing your dog to an infant. This  will give you an idea of how the dog will behave. 

Have your pet spayed/neutered. Animals are typically very territorial. Having them  spayed/neutered will resolve bad behavior and lessen the chance for aggression  and anxiety. 

Take your pet to an obedience class that uses positive training techniques. This  will teach your pet good behavior and teach you how to react in certain situations. 

Expose your pet to sounds you would hear in a household with a new baby. These  kinds of sounds are a baby crying, a rocking chair, swings, and other baby toys.  This way they will not be startled or uncomfortable with the baby actually there. 

Teach and re-teach your dog that the baby’s room is off-limits. To keep them from  feeling left out you can use baby gates or screens to close off the room without  closing the door.  

Teach your dog not to jump on furniture or in your lap unless you say so. Also  make sure they know that all baby furniture is off limits. 

Before you actually have the baby, use a baby doll and act like it is the real thing.  This will give your puppy a head start in getting used to the new addition. Also use 

products on yourself that smell like the baby. Since dogs rely so strongly on scent,  this will help a lot in getting the dog accustomed to the baby. 

After the baby is born: 

Before bringing the baby into the house, allow the dog to sniff at the babies  blanket or article of clothing. It is best to be gradual and take small steps. 

Allow another person to carry the baby so that when you enter the house you can  give your pet the attention it wants. After all, when you’re absent for a little while  your pet will miss you. 

After giving your pet the attention it wanted, sit down with the baby. Cautiously let  your pet sniff around and investigate. This allows the pet to become “acquainted”  with the infant. Keep treats on hand to reward positive behavior and reactions. 

Stick as closely to old feeding and playing routines as possible. Dramatic and  sudden changes can stress your pet and cause anxiety. Of course there’s going to  be a little chaos with such a huge responsibility, but it’s worth the effort to ease  your dog into the situation. 

Always remember to continue taking a little time out of your day to spend with your  dog and keep a positive relationship with them. This will keep the bond strong  between you and your pet. 

Having a baby is a very exciting experience. Tons of preparation is required to  ensure the safety of an infant. In the end, however, it will all be worth it. If your dog  is happy and behaves properly there is lots of fun to be had for many years to  come.

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