Assessing Your Dog’s Risk

If your dog has a history of resource guarding, let’s assess their risk. 

Once a dog bites, this is their baseline, meaning, this is what we can expect (or worse) the next time this occurs. 

  • My first go-to is a full medical checkup with a Veterinarian. 
  • Fight to Bite Ratio: how many incidents has your dog had, vs how many of those incidents have resulted in damage?
  • What is the dog’s acquired bite inhibition (ABI)? Are they likely to do damage the next time they bite?
  • What is the frequency of the incidents? Lower frequency is easier to manage, higher frequency levels is very difficult to manage. 
  • What is the predictability level? Higher predictability is easier to manage, lower predictability levels is very difficult to manage. 
  • What is the ability to manage? Is everyone in the home on the same page? Is management going to fail? Are there any children in the home? Other dogs/pets?
  • In the end, what is the overall risk assessment including these questions plus the bite scale in the next lesson, plus the considerations that will follow?