Dogs are known to bite, but this isn’t just a dog thing.
According to a study published by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), a group of experts who study dog behavior, people who have worked with dogs may be able to help prevent dog bites, too.
The study looked at more than 12,000 dog bites in the United States, and the study found that people who worked with dog owners as dog trainers reported that they could reduce dog bites by reducing their dog’s exposure to dangerous dogs.
The study was published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy and Asthma.
“Our findings suggest that training and interacting with dogs can reduce the risk of canine bite injury and disease,” Dr. Sarah H. Luebke, a research assistant professor at Emory University, told The Wall St. Journal.
“While this study does not address the prevention of dog bites themselves, this finding suggests that it may be possible to reduce dog bite risk and, potentially, increase the likelihood of successful prevention.”
Hitting the Dogs: A Study of the Relationship Between Training and Preventing Dog Bites article The study, led by Dr. Rebecca R. Smith, professor of medicine at Emoris College, analyzed data from the Veterinary Behavior Analysis System (VBAAS) and the National Dog Bite Injury Surveillance System (NDBISS), which tracks dog bites nationwide.
The researchers used VBAAS data and NDBISS data to examine how dog training might influence dogs’ risk of dog bite injury.
According to the researchers, training can be a combination of training behaviors and training approaches, such as positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, positive reinforcement with treats, and positive reinforcement through other means, such for example, a collar or leash.
The data showed that people working with dogs that had been trained to associate positive reinforcement and punishment with the owner were more likely to prevent dog bite injuries.
“The findings indicate that people can use both training approaches and training methods to reduce the number of bites caused by dogs,” Dr Smith said.
“The training methods and training techniques that people use to avoid dog bites can have a significant impact on the number and severity of dog-bite injuries, both in the general population and in the context of specific dogs.”
In other words, dogs can be trained to avoid the owner and to associate the owner with positive reinforcement.
However, if you want to decrease the likelihood that your dog will bite, you can use the same methods and techniques that are used to avoid it.
For more tips and tricks on dog training, see this video from The Dog Whisperer, which offers a wide variety of ways to train your dog to avoid dangerous dog behavior.
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The findings of this study may help dog owners reduce the incidence of dogbite injuries.
However androids aren’t perfect at keeping a dog from biting.
The VBAASE study also found that dogs that were trained to ignore owners were more at risk for dog bites than dogs trained to be able and willing to interact with owners.
For a more thorough look at how to train a dog, check out this video.