dog bites

Dog attacks – what studies tell us

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This past week we have heard the horrific news of a young boy in Cornwall being killed and a baby boy from Hawick being in critical condition both as a result from dog attacks. Whilst further details are yet to be released relating to these cases and calls are being made to change UK Dog […]

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Are anxious people more likely to be bitten?

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There are many variables that can lead to a dog bite including but not limited to: the context, what the stimulus is doing that provokes the dog’s reaction, handling methods used, the dog’s genetics, state of health, hormones, and previous experiences. Learning reliable bite inhibition before 18 weeks of age is important otherwise it can […]

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And the breed most likely to bite is….

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According to the Kennel Club, the number one breed in the UK is the Labrador.  This friendly, lovable breed has long been a family favourite. However, with evidence suggesting most dog bites are from the family pet that’s had no previous history of biting, it follows that Britain’s most popular breed is also responsible for […]

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Statistics show dog bites are on the increase

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The latest Hospital Episode Statistics released this week, has shown an increase in the number of people being admitted for dog bites in England.  The figures correlate with data from the USA, where 70% of bites happen to children under the age of 10 – most being boys between the age of 5 to 9 […]

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Misunderstanding can lead to dog bites

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In my role as a behaviour specialist, I’m often called into homes where owners have been bitten by their dogs; understandably this is very distressing and confusing for owners, especially when they believe there was no clear warning, but was there?

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Possession aggression

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‘Possession aggression’ is the term used to describe threatening behaviour such as staring, standing over, showing of teeth, low to rising growling, snarling, snapping and/or biting, when it is associated with toys or other items in the dog’s possession.  It can also be referred to as resource guarding. A dog that’s potentially possessive aggressive will […]

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Aggression in dogs

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Aggression is usually a defence reflex, initially exhibited as a threat or warning, ultimately exhibited in a real form when there is no other option left. It can usually be avoided if you understand the cause, can read the signs and know how to desensitise the dog’s lack of trust towards the situation.

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