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Q. When my dog wakes, he bites the first thing or person he sees

Answered By
JESSICA L DESROSIERS

A. If your dog is startled easily upon waking and is biting people or objects, it is possible that he may have a vision or hearing problem, which causes people to startle him more easily. Making lots of noise before you approach (such as vibrating the floor or turning on a light) may help him to wake easier without startling, and may make him less prone to biting. It is a good idea to schedule a veterinary appointment to check for any health issues that could be causing this response.

If he is healthy and doing this behavior, or is acting aggressively toward others outside of waking up, then speaking with a local trainer or behaviorist in your area is best. Aggression is a hard behavior to train, and requires an expert in person to tailor training to your dog's specific needs. Neutering may also decrease aggressive or dominant-type behaviors, however it does take times for the hormones to reduce and does not always solve the behavior.

If you are in the united states, you can find an animal behaviorist in your area by clicking this link: http://www.animalbehaviorsociety.org/web/applied-behavior-caab-directory.php


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