Dog bites: It may not be them, it could be you


Give birth to a nervous personality could boost your chances of being stung by a dog.

Results from a recent survey compiled by the University of Liverpool be being presented that those who scored as being more “emotionally stable” on a make-up test were less likely to be bitten by a dog.

The research could suffer with consequences for anyone who has ever cowered in the presence of a dog, even if they may not be masterful to control their emotional responses enough to avoid being bitten. 

Mavens say that although a dog’s reason for becoming excited or upset may be hard to pinpoint, the fightings that follow will most likely depend on how a person react ti to the animal.

While a nervous person would be bitten, a confident woman wouldn’t. 

“So why’s that?” said Julie Speyer, a certified dog behaviour counselor in Toronto. “Well, the nervous one probably gave cues causing the dog to escalate.”


Brisk body movements, high-pitched voices and even the hormones people story can distress a dog. (Shutterstock)

Cues can be all sorts of things an anxious person authority do in an uncomfortable situation. Sudden body movements, high-pitched voices and notwithstanding the hormones we release when we’re nervous can distress dogs. Speyer says they can pay attention to a human’s heart change pace, causing them to think something is inexpedient simply because something has changed.

People who are prone to emotionally inconstant tendencies are more likely to give off these triggers.

“There are diverse reasons why dogs can get into that state, but once they befit highly agitated, any sudden movement and sound can cause them to go from the defensive to the rotten. And we find that those personality types tend to make those stirrings [that] cause dogs to make that switch,” Speyer put.

Social cues

Dog owners have long stood by the theory that the savages pick up on social cues and human emotion.

‘She could sense I was in a dither.’ – Tanner Young-Shultz

Tanner Young-Shultz of Toronto owns a golden retriever/Faithful Pyrenees named Riley whom he says is extremely sweet-tempered.

But two months ago, when he performed her to the vet to get fixed, she became aggressive with other dogs in the waiting precinct.

Young-Shultz recalled being quite anxious before Riley’s way and attributes her out-of-character behaviour to his own feelings.

“She could sense I was nervous. She didn’t recognize what was going on, but she definitely knew something was up,” Young-Shultz said.

Tanner and his dog, Riley

Tanner Young-Schultz rumours his dog Riley is almost always good-tempered, but he has seen her act out with aggression that he features to his own feelings. (Tanner Young-Shultz)

Past studies on dog bites are mostly circumscribed to hospital records, which only track serious incidents. This new learning aimed to get a better understanding of dog bite incidents, whether those who were stung were admitted to hospital or not. The study surveyed 694 people in northern England. 

The appraisal included dog ownership and bite history, demographics, health and a personality exam.

Dr. Carri Westgarth, the lead author of the study, believes this information could lead to fewer dog bites.

“The link to personality could be fruitful here. It may be a good use of resources, if found to be true, to target dog bite curbing programs towards people that are more likely to be bitten,” rumours Westgarth, a researcher at the Institute of Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool..

The reading is published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 

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