Navigating dog aggression can be quite difficult. Many of my clients are in tears during our consultations, and with good reason. With emotions and safety on the line for both our furry friends and us, it can feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders.
After working with thousands of dogs and their humans, I am sharing some common challenges that often come into play.
The Stakes Are High
When we have dogs that bite, and dogs that cause damage when they bite, we have a very serious issue. Dogs that bite humans often don't have a long life-span. For a safe society, dogs that bite people, no matter the reason, often are euthanized. This is a very sad, but real, fact.
Children are often the recipients of dog bites. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States each year, and children are more likely than adults to be bitten. Furthermore, a study published in the journal Pediatrics reported that over half of all dog bite victims are children, with the majority of incidents involving familiar dogs.
No one wants to have to make a decision between keeping their dog or the safety of their children or the general public. No one wins in these situations.