My life is nuts! I work full time and go to school, and try and have a life, as well as work on the project detailing dog bites in August of this year. The first sample run isn't really worth much; a month is WAY too large of a scope to study. I will do it again after college settles down for a smaller period of time, say a week. I promise, this is going somewhere... An overwhelming amount of dog bites I've caputured in my small sample of 50 dog bites involved young kids! Anyone have any theories? I have some, but I'm more interesting in hearing what other members have to say. Why is it little kids are getting chomped? Even more interesting, I've also broken it down by if the person bitten was a family member or not.
little kids being little, dogs think they are puppies or on their level, or below them in pack order, for one. a second thing is kids' behavior, the running and high pitched voices can trigger the prey drive in a dog. and a third would be if kids don't know how to treat a dog and do things the dog resents or hurts it, and bringing the above two into that, the dog reacts and protects itself and sends a message if the form of a bite.
The scene of attack is home or a familiar place. The majority of dog attacks (61%) happen at home or in a familiar place. Dogs bite family and friends. The vast majority of biting dogs (77%) belong to the victim's family or a friend.
Our cocker spaniel jumped on and nipped (no broken skin) little kids. After it happened a couple of times, I wouldn't let her anywhere near them. She would do it completely unprovoked, out of the blue. Never bit my children, (same age) or anyone else. I did teach my kids how to give commands since they were very small, though. I think it was a dominance thing.
I agree with the three point Pearl made also. Size, action, reaction, voice pitch, quick movements, and the fact that a lot of kids don't know how to properly approach a dog. They come right up and stick hands in their face or move suddenly to pet.
I'm glad I waited before I weighed in with my comments, not having any kids myself, I just don't know enough about them. I thought *maybe* the problem might be that young children get used to jumping on a dog or pulling it's ears when the dog is a family pet. They go out to a friend's house with a dog and try the same thing and the dog responds in aggression. I'm not sure how long ago the last fatality related to a dog attack happened, but mostly the attacks that are reported by the news wires end up with the kid getting about 30-50 stitches. I'm guessing that's only 1-3 good bites at most-- warning snaps that break the skin.
I think Aisha see's my youngest as a littermate. She plays with him but it at times gets out of hand because he is not sure how to handle her so he runs away and she chases him. She would pull down his shorts in the summer so it looked like the coppertone commercial. They probably either see them as a threat (someone smaller and it's going to hurt me) or (someone smaller to take away all my attention) or they see them as an equal and it's almost like the dog is letting the child know that I am on top and this is how it is? Who knows? They probably know they can get away with a bite because the kids don't know how to defend themselves. Good luck with your research. If only dogs could speak with words it would make it so much easier.lol
My dog bited my finger and arm when i tried to separate him from another dog( when they are having some sexal activities... but both of them are boys)yesterday which i found very disappointed with him . I loved him so much... he was a good dog before and was known to be gentle ... I don't know what to do .. should i bring him to sleep , becasue i am afraid that he will attack other ppl!
blueberry NOT! You have to keep your dog on a leash when around new people or dogs. Train your dog and please do not rush out and put the poor dog to sleep. If this becomes out of control there are other meathods to use first.
Some dogs think that small children are like puppies so they try and correct them like puppies. Another thing if a dog isnt used to being rough housed with and they bite as a way to stop what is happening. A dog i had when i was younger didnt like kids. He put up with them though. If the child was getting to rough he would grab thier hand with his mouth and then let go. Usually it was enough to scare the child and make them stop what they were doing.