Dog Parks and Bites: What You Need to Know


After the Bite

After the incident it’s important to gather what information you can from the experience. If your dog was the biter, think about the circumstances that led up to the bite. Was your dog tired, hungry, hot, or thirsty? Was your dog playing with a much larger dog or with a toy? Analyzing the situation can help you better understand your dog and identify risky situations.

Thinking about what happened also can help you understand ways to make you dog’s time at the park safer. For example, some herding dogs have a strong prey drive that can be triggered by smaller dogs. If your small dog was injured by a larger dog, consider limiting their play to designated “small dog” areas or those areas without a herding dog already in them.

Biting is a natural behavior in dogs, but one that has been actively discouraged for generations. No dog is 100% guaranteed not to bite, and accidents do happen. By being a responsible dog owner you can handle a scary situation with confidence and safety.

Always consult a legal professional with concerns about any legal issues surrounding your pet. Understand the rules and regulations for every dog park you visit, and you’ll be prepared in the case of any incidents.


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