5 Best Tools to Prevent Dog Bites in Your Household

Last week, I wrote an article on how to prevent dog bites in the home and outside. I discussed how important it is to be able to ensure the safety of those around us (including our dogs) and to remember that dogs are still animals…not human.

Being vigilant and understanding our dog’s body language is extremely important; however, sometimes we may need some tangible tools to help keep everyone safe.

Today, I want to offer some suggestions to help prevent dog bites. Here are 5 of the best tools that can help prevent an incident in your home or when you are out with your dog.

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Collars, Harnesses, Gentle Leaders


Gates to Prevent Dog Bites

Let’s start with some ideas for the home. Many bites occur when someone knocks on the door. You open the door and your dog is trying to protect his/her home. Other times, dogs bite when children become too much for them. How do you handle the situation?

What are Gates For?

Dog gates can help keep your dog in an enclosed area, where they are unable to access the stimuli (aka: kids or delivery person). If you see your dog is getting overstimulated or if you want to keep them from rushing the door, you can sequester them in a separate room to help them calm down.

Gates come in many shapes and sizes. Your needs are going to be based on how wide the door frame is where you want to install the gate (or how wide the stairs are if you are looking to remove access at that location), how big your dog is, how crafty they can be, and the type of gate you are looking for; ie: easily removed or semi-permanent.

Here are a few ideas for you to consider:Gates to prevent dog bites


This gate will fit in a doorway or stairway between 28 – 48 inches wide. It is extra tall at 36 inches, so most dogs will not be able to jump over the top. (This may be different for the extra tall dogs like Great Danes or Irish Wolfhounds…)

The gate itself is auto-closing, so you don’t need to worry if you forgot to close it behind you. It will fit beautifully in most doorways or stairways without being an eyesore.


According to Amazon ratings, it received a 4.6 out of 5 based off of 23, 050 global ratings.

Description: This gate will definitely be beneficial for those who have large breed dogs and/or wide doorways where standard gates cannot be used. It features a self-closing door that shuts if opened less than 90 degrees. It also includes a double lock feature to help keep the gate open or closed.

The gate can be separated out to where you can use two or all three panels, depending on the size of your doorway/space. According to reviews, it is easy to install; however, the manufacturer does provide detailed installation instructions and there are installation videos as well.


Chewy reviews show it ranks 4.7 out of 5 out of 54 customer reviews. That doesn’t seem like a lot of reviews; however, I would encourage to submit a review based on your purchase!

Description: This is a freestanding gate with side panels to help keep your dog safe while keeping them out of trouble. The gate can easily be stepped over and is very sturdy. It has rubber feet on the bottom to protect your floors and is easily moved from location to location. If needed, the gate is easily collapsible for easy storage.

The gate is recommended only for cats and for dogs that are up to 17.5lbs. It is not recommended to use as a baby gate.


Amazon ratings show it ranks 4.5 out of 5 based on 5,900 customer reviews.

Dog Crates

If gates don’t work for your home or your dog, you always have the option of utilizing dog crates. Most dogs do ok with crate training, but you need to make sure the crate is a good and safe place to go to.

I will not go over training tips here for crates, but if you are interested in types of crates, here are a few ideas to get started. Remember, crates should be just large enough for your dog to stand up, turn around, and lie down.

Description: MidWest Homes is a well-known name when it comes to popular dog crates. They offer easy to assemble metal crates that are built with quality and durable construction. The newer crates feature a slide-bolt door latch to help keep your dog more safe and secure.

Each crate includes a divider panel, leak-proof pan, protective rubber feet, and a handle for carrying. The divider will allow you to purchase a larger crate for your growing puppy (and only 1 crate for life!)

You will be able to ensure the puppy is safe in a smaller area of the crate until they are large enough to fit in the whole crate. The rubber feet will ensure your floors aren’t scuffed or scratched, and you will easily be able to move the crate by handle when needed. (not while your dog is in the crate, please!)


Amazon Ranks it at a 4.7 out of 5 based on 157,429 customer ratings and it is #1 in basic dog crates! It is easily affordable, easy to assemble, and can be used throughout your dog’s growing stages. (no need to purchase a bigger crate!)

  • EliteField 3-Door Soft Folding Dog Crate
    • Material: Alloy Steel and durable 600D fabric and hex mesh fabric
    • Color: choices include: black, camo, tan, purple, blue, and more!
    • Dimensions: multiple to choose from based on the size of your dog (lengths go from 20 inches to 42 inches)
    • Location: Indoors only
    • Price: $55 – $119 depending on size and if you get single or double door

Description: This crate is made with steel tubes with a fabric cover to ensure durability and breathability. There are three mesh doors so you are able let the sunshine and air in (or be able to access your dog!), and two accessory pockets for storage. The fabric is removable and washable!

The crate also includes a carrying bag and fleece bed, and the handle has a handle strap for easy carrying. What is really nice about this crate, is it includes a 2-year warranty from Elitefield.


Amazon rates it 4.5 out of 5 based on 13,017 customer reviews and #9 in basic dog crates…but #1 in soft dog crates. It is definitely one to check out!

  • Diggs Revol Dog Crate (Collapsible Dog Crate, Portable Dog Crate)
    • Material: Aluminum, Alloy Steel, Plastic
    • Color: Ash, Charcoal, Gray, Pine
    • Dimensions:
      • Small: 28″L x 20″W x 21″H,
      • Medium: 32″L x 20″W x 22″H;
      • Intermediate: 41″L x 28″W x 31″H
      • Large: 45″L x 31″W x 33″H
    • Location:Travel Friendly
    • Price:
      • Small: $374.99
      • Medium: $474.99
      • Intermediate: $595.00
      • Large: $675.00

Description: This crate may be a bit more expensive than most; however, it is built with durable; high-grade aluminum, steel mesh wire, and reinforced plastic. It goes above and beyond typical dog crate standards and is built to baby industry standards, so no more pinched fingers or paws!

The crate is travel friendly, so it is easy to collapse and reassemble. It is equipped with a handle and wheels for easy transport.


It may be a bit more expensive, but Amazon gives it a 4.6 out of 5 based on 820 customer ratings. This is definitely one worth checking out if you want to pamper your pooch with quality sleeping space.

Dog Collar, Harness, and Gentle Leaders

So, I am a bit biased towards certain products because I used them when I was teaching obedience classes and volunteer classes at a local shelter. These items helped keep control of the dog, keep them from slipping out of the collar/leash combo, or at least give the human a bit more confidence in handling an active dog.

  • PetSafe Nylon Martingale Dog Collar
    • Material: Nylon
    • Color: You can choose from many colors and patterns
    • Dimensions:
      • Petite: 5 – 8 inch neck, 3/8 inch wide
      • Small: 8 – 12 inch neck, 3/4 inch wide,
      • Medium: 10 – 16 inch neck, 3/4 inch or 1 inch wide;
      • Large: 14 – 20 inch neck, 1 inch wide
    • Price:
      • Petite: $6.49
      • Small: $6.99
      • Medium: $5.84 – $7.99
      • Large: $6.99 – $8.49

Description: I really love the Martingale collar. Every dog that joins our family gets one of these collars! The Martingale collar is a great option for those dogs who easily slip out of their collars or figures out how to unclasp the buckle on normal collars.

It is known as a limited slip collar where if the dog pulls, the collar tightens, but when the dog relaxes, the collar loosens. This gives you more control when out on a walk. You don’t need to worry your dog will slip out of the collar and run towards another dog or something they are really interested in.

This is the only collar I will use because I find it much safer than regular collars and not as harsh as choke or prong collars.


Chewy gives this 4 out of 5 stars per 858 customer reviews.

  • PetSafe Easy Walk Dog Harness
    • Material: Nylon
    • Color: You can choose from many colors and patterns
    • Dimensions:
      • Petite: 12 – 16 inch girth or 13 – 18 inch girth
      • Small: 15 – 21 inch girth or 19 – 26 inch girth
      • Medium: 21 – 32 inch girth
      • Medium/Large: 24.5 – 34 inch girth
      • Large: 27 – 40 inch girth
      • Extra Large: 32 – 50 inch girth
    • Price: (On Sale from $28.99)
      • Petite: $22.95
      • Small: $22.95
      • Medium: $22.95
      • Medium/Large: $22.95
      • Large: $22.95
      • Extra Large: $22.95

Description: This is a great harness for dogs who really like to pull when on a walk. The harness clips on at the dog’s chest to where you have control of the dog from the shoulders. This keeps your dog from choking/gagging like when you only clip the leash to the collar.

When I was teaching obedience classes, I would always recommend this type of harness instead of a regular harness that clips to the back. If your dog tries to pull, you are able to put a little pressure at the shoulders and easily regain control.


Chewy gives it 4 out of 5 stars based on 2735 customer reviews

  • PetSafe Gentle Leader Padded No Pull Dog Headcollar
    • Material: Nylon
    • Color: You can choose from many colors and patterns
    • Dimensions:
      • Petite: 6 – 8.5 inch neck
      • Small: 7 – 15 inch neck
      • Medium: 9 – 19 inch neck
      • Large: 11 – 24 inch neck
      • Extra Large: 12 – 28 inch neck
    • Price: (On Sale from $28.99)
      • Petite: $19.95
      • Small: $19.95
      • Medium: $19.95
      • Medium/Large: $19.95
      • Large: $19.95
      • Extra Large: $19.95

Description: This no-pull head collar is a great option for those dogs who really love to pull or who are reactive when on a walk. The gentle leader goes around the nose, which reduces your dog’s instinct to pull. It also allows you to guide your dog where to go without your dog putting up much resistance.

At first, dogs are not really pleased with having something across their nose; however, they will get used to it. It does not prohibit them from regular activities such as eating, drinking, or panting, or playing. Once they get used to feeling the strap over the nose and seeing it in their peripheral vision, your dog will be a much more mannered pup on your walk!


Chewy rates it 4 out of 5 stars based on 1559 customer reviews

Muzzles to Prevent Dog Bites

Muzzles can be a controversial item because of how they look on a dog. In some cases, the dog looks more aggressive than they are or some people think it can be cruel equipment used to subdue a dog.

I can understand the concerns when it comes to muzzles; however, to keep your dog, family, and friends safe, a muzzle may be necessary. This is extremely important if your dog has a history of biting or lashing out in stressful situations.

Best Type of Muzzle

With that said, there are different types of muzzles; however, I would only recommend a muzzle where your dog is still able to drink water and pant. Remember, your dog will need to be trained to accept the muzzle, and it may take a bit to get them comfortable.

Here are a few options:

  • Baskerville Ultra Dog Muzzle
    • Material: Thermal Plastic Rubber
    • Color: Black or Tan
    • Dimensions: Sizes 1 – 6
    • Price: $15.25 – $30.32 depending on size and color

Description: This muzzle is light-weight, but made with durable material. It is ergonomically designed and has two additional secure attachments to ensure the muzzle stays in place. According to the manufacturer, you can also heat the muzzle in hot water to mold it for a custom fit.

Baskerville muzzles allow for your dog to drink, pant, and take treats. The open design helps them feel more comfortable while wearing it.


Chewy gives it 4 out of 5 stars based on 659 customer reviews.

The reviews have stated the sizing chart may be incorrect, but if you get the wrong size through Chewy.com, you can always return and replace it.

Description: This muzzle is specifically designed for our pittie friends and their cute snouts! It will not rust because it is stainless steel, and there are four adjusting straps to ensure a snug, yet comfortable fit.

I like the look of this muzzle because it is so open. It is lightweight enough to where your dog should be able to move about normally. It will allow your dog to breathe easy, pant, drink water, and even lick his/her nose.


Amazon rates it at 4.1 out of 5 stars based on 2,474 customer reviews.

Dog Training to Prevent Dog Bites

Lastly, let’s talk training to help prevent dog bites in the home and outside. This is the most important step to keeping you, your family, others, and your dog safe.

Training should begin as soon as you bring your pup home (either a puppy or an adult). This will help build a bond between you and your dog while also showing them they can rely on you in scary or stressful situations.

There are so many training opportunities for you and your dog; however, you must find a reputable trainer, behaviorist, or program that is willing to work with you. If you are unsure of the type of training, I recommend what is called “Positive Reinforcement” training that does not use harsh punishments for wrong choices.

How to Find the Best Trainer or Program

Finding a good trainer is going to be based on your location. I am sure there are a number of trainers who do virtual visits; however, it is always better to work with someone in person. This allows for the trainer to guide you and your dog when you make mistakes (like we all do at times!)

If you are wondering about trainers in your area, I recommend checking out The Association of Professional Dog Trainers and The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers on how to choose the right trainer for you as well as certified trainers in your neighborhood. You can also reach out to a local pet shelter for advice as well.


Wow! That was a lot to unpack!

My hope is that this article and product review help you find something that will help reduce the possibility of a dog bite in your family. It’s not a fun topic to write about; however, your safety is of utmost importance!


Gates and crates will definitely come in handy in your home. These products can help keep your dog from a potentially stressful situation such as the dreaded doorbell ring or a little kid’s birthday party in the living room!

Collars, Easy Walk Harnesses, and Gentle Leaders will be helpful when you take your dog on walks or just even out of the house for a while. You will be able to maintain control and keep you and others safe from a possible dog bite.

Muzzles are particularly useful in cases where your dog may have a bite history or acts out in certain situations (like getting checked out by the vet). Don’t forget that you need to train your dog to accept the muzzle, so it may take a little time to get them used to it.

Let me know which product you have tried and how it worked for you! I am curious to see if you found something else that worked better.

10 thoughts on “5 Best Tools to Prevent Dog Bites in Your Household”

  1. This is a great site to discuss how to  be sure that dog bites are controlled.  We have the most mild mannered dog, but there are times when another dog nips at her or a child jumps to quickly that she runs and hides.  If pursued she will snap.  We have a secure harness for her lease.  In large crowds we used a simple restraint on her mouth.  Our dog sleeps in an open create.  When traveling we keep that crate accessible for her so that she can retreat if she feels the need to do so.  All dogs are wonderful but they all react differently in different situations.  You have given some great options for keeping our dogs and visiting dogs safe.

    1. Thank you for your comments. It sounds like you have been able to work with your dog regarding how to keep her out of stressful situations. It’s awesome that she finds the crate as a safe space to where she can retreat and move herself out of a stressful situation.  

      Great job!

  2. As dog lovers, we all want our furry companions to feel secure and content within our homes. However, it’s essential to prioritize safety, both for our families and our beloved pets. Dog bites can be a traumatic experience, causing physical and emotional harm to both humans and animals alike. In response to the recent article on the “Best Tools to Prevent Dog Bites in Your Household,” we recognize the importance of this topic and would like to expand upon the suggested tools while shedding light on additional preventive measures.

    The prevention of dog bites requires a multi-faceted approach that encompasses education, training, and the utilization of appropriate tools. While the article discussed the best tools to prevent dog bites, it is important to emphasize that these tools should be employed in conjunction with responsible pet ownership practices. By prioritizing education, socialization, and employing tools such as secure enclosures, leashes, muzzles, and seeking professional support when necessary, we can ensure a safe and harmonious environment for both our families and our furry friends.

    The writer really has delved into offering multiple solutions to best assist the reader with the issue of preventing dog biting within the household. Some of the tools listed are fantastic and i have already looked to incorporate some of these within my own home. Thank you, great read!

    1. Thank you so much for your comments! I agree that preventing dog bites requires a multi-faceted approach  We need to do what we can to educate ourselves regarding body language, triggers, etc, and understand that dogs are still animals (not little humans!). The tools are to be used in conjunction with training and staying vigilant as they are not a”fix all” to the problem.

      My last blog goes into some other ideas on how to prevent dog bites, and this is just the follow up to what tools can be used as well.  Check it out!

      Thank you! 

  3. I regard training a dog from a very young age not to bite, is the most important first step. But unfortunately there are breeds that want to protect their owners, and will therefore sometimes bite people. I have a friend who took a dog from a rescue center, but unfortunately it turned out that the dog likes to nip people from behind. She ended up often closing the dog in a crate, which seemed to agitate the dog. 

    I am sure that using a muzzle would have been better for her dog. I have used a muzzle to prevent dogs from fighting, but what a great idea to prevent the dog from biting people. Thank you for sharing these great suggestions.

    1. Thanks for your comments! I wonder if the dog your friend adopted was more of a herding dog and that is why it nipped people from behind? Like other tools, dogs have to be trained to accept the crate, so sometimes it does take a bit of time for them to get used to it. 

      I hope everything worked out for your friend! 

  4. Hey a awesome and certainly useful post you have here!

    I really like how you decided to summarise your context in a paragraph though I found it interesting to read all of it! 

    I haven’t personally bought a dog gate as of yet though I have been considering it for a looong time, I guess now after listening to what you have said it is definitely time to invest in one! Since we do encounter some of these problems with dogs as well as other animals, I know this will prove useful in many ways!

    Have a great day!

    1. I am so glad I was able to help! I have found having a gate is extremely helpful when trying to keep the pups separated from door when people come over. 

  5. Wow, a very nicely written blog for all dog lovers as pets. I really like that you devoted yourself to every product for our pets from the economic point of view, where after every small explanation about that product you left a link to buy, and even the measurements of all the products. You chose very nice pictures and I really liked the way of writing. Keep it up, good luck!!!

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