ᴀɢɢʀᴇssɪᴏɴ is a biological reaction to danger. When dogs feel sᴄᴀʀᴇᴅ, ᴀɴxɪᴏᴜs or ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛened from outside or strange people, he might ᴛʀɪɢɢᴇʀ. Dogs are ᴀɢɢʀᴇssɪve they are at ʀɪsᴋ, and to protect their babies or guard their territories or defend themselves.
A research led by Carri Westgarth of the University of Liverpool makes survey about dog bites, basic demography (s.ex, age,…) with the participant of 694 residents from 1,280 households near Liverpool. According to people’s answers, she found out that:
- 25% of the participants had been ʙɪᴛᴛᴇɴ by a dog once in a lifetime.
- 81 is the ratio of men to women who have been ʙɪᴛᴛᴇɴ by dog.
- 3,3 is the ratio of people who-are-owning-02-dogs to who-not-currently-owning-a-dog that have been ʙɪᴛᴛᴇɴ by a dog.
- 44% of children under 16 get ʙɪᴛᴛᴇɴ by dogs.
- 7% of respondents say they were ʙɪᴛᴛᴇɴ by a strange dog.
- Last but not least, people who have unstable emotion have 22% of getting ʙɪᴛᴛᴇɴ than the others.
Astonishingly, the research shows a link between emotions and dog bites. People who have unsecure feelings, fear and ᴍᴇɴᴛᴀʟ ɪʟʟɴᴇss can get a dog’s attention through his/her body language and facial expressions. “Our findings suggest that the less ᴀɴxɪᴏᴜs, ɪʀʀɪᴛᴀʙʟᴇ and ᴅᴇᴘʀᴇssᴇᴅ a person is, the less likely they are to have been ʙɪᴛᴛᴇɴ,” Westgarth said.
Moreover, the study reveals that the rate of incidents from residents’ answers is much higher than the national average reported by official hospital records. “Hospital records show the rate of dog bites is 740 per 100,000 [people] of the population, but the survey responses indicate a rate of 1,873 per 100,000 — nearly three times the official figure,” the researchers make a conclusion.