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Great article Dave. I will definitely be more careful, especially around adult male dogs that don't belong to me.
In a new study called "Human behavior preceding bites to the face," scientists examined 132 incidents of bites to human faces that did not involve bites to any other parts of the body. The goal of the study was to determine the human behavior that preceded bites.
• In 76% of the bites, people bent over the dog just before the bite.
• In 19% of the cases, a bite was preceded by people putting their faces close to the dog’s face, and in 5% of the cases, gazing between dog and person at close range occurred before a bite.
• In ZERO incidents was a bite to the face preceded by trimming the dog’s nails, falling on the dog, hitting the dog as punishment, stepping on the dog, pulling the dog’s hair, tugging the dog’s body or scolding the dog.
• More than 75% of the bites to the face happened to people who knew the dog.
• More than 66% of the bites were to children, and of those, 84% were to children under the age of 12.
• Children who were bitten were with their parents in 43% of the cases and with the dog guardian in 62% of the incidents.
• 60% of the bites were to females.
• No adults were bitten by their own dogs.
• More than 50% of the bites were to the nose and lips of the person, as opposed to the chin, cheek, forehead or eye area.
• 100% of the dogs who bit someone in the face were adult dogs and more than 66% of them were male dogs.
• In only 6% of the bites did people report that the dog gave a warning such as growling or tooth displaying prior to biting.
Jeanne and Emmie
Last edited by MarinaGirl; 11-11-2015 at 03:23 PM.