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Any dog, of any breed or background, is capable of biting, including family pets who are loved and pampered. Although we often hear about the statistics of reported bites, the least likely bites to be reported are those by family pets who bite their owners, including children in the home. Dogs may also bite young visitors or lunge at unfamiliar children on walks. Children have long been the most frequent victims of reported bites. Young children, especially, can be injured severely and are more likely to be bitten in the face and head. Unfortunately, there is a disconnect between the public’s understanding about dog behavior, and what dogs actually do. Understanding the behavioral basis of bites to children is an important step towards the prevention of this common problem.
Presenter: Dr. Ilana Reisner