How To Determine If A Dog’s Aggressive Behavior Can Be Corrected

People often make excuses for their dogs’ behavior, but if you have been attacked by someone’s pet in California, those justifications may add insult to injury. Our law firm understands that people who have been injured by an animal have the right to be taken seriously.

According to The Association of Professional Dog Trainers, in some cases, a dog just needs some training, while in others, the best choice may be to euthanize it. The determination for this is typically based on the evaluation of the wound you sustained.

Level one and two “wounds” actually cause you little or no physical discomfort. A dog that acts aggressively but does not actually make teeth-to-skin contact, or one that scrapes you but does not leave any punctures, is highly likely to respond positively to the following:

  • Basic control training
  • Classical conditioning
  • Progressive desensitization exercises
  • Bite-inhibition exercises

More than 99 percent of the incidents involving dogs are levels one or two.

When a dog leaves you with level three puncture wounds, which are up to half the length of the canine teeth, the behavior can be corrected with rigorous bite-inhibition training. However, trainers are at risk of a bite during this time-consuming process, and it requires complete owner compliance in order to be successful.

If your punctures are deeper than half the length of the dog’s canines, this hard bite is considered level four, and the requirements are much more drastic to prevent further biting. In fact, the only way to guarantee that no one will be bitten, even after extensive training, is to keep the dog away from everyone all the time. You should report the dog to animal control and local law enforcement. Children should never be allowed around this very dangerous dog, and it should be confined to the home and under lock and key to ensure it does not bite again. Visits to the vet should be the only outings, and the dog should wear a muzzle whenever it is making these trips.

Experts recommend that a dog that has bitten someone else just as seriously before or after you are bitten or a dog that causes fatal injuries should be euthanized. It is extremely dangerous, and there is evidently not enough owner compliance to prevent further serious harm or death.

More information about injuries caused by a dog is available on our webpage.

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