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3 Reasons Why Dogs Bite

Dogs typically don’t bite people unless they are provoked. Nevertheless, hundreds of people end up in the emergency room due to dog bites every year. While some breeds are more likely to have traits that cause them to bite, this does not mean that other breeds do not participate in dog attacks. There are three main reasons that dogs attack people, including:

#1: Dominance Aggression

Sometimes, dogs attempt to assert their dominance by biting people. Dominantly aggressive dogs are likely to bite children, since children are small and more likely to do something the dog finds disrespectful. Dominance aggression is most common in un-neutered males and certain breeds, including Rottweilers and Chow Chows.

#2: Territorial and Protective Aggression

Because dogs are notoriously protective creatures, many people like having one for the extra layer of security it provides for the household. If a dog perceives someone it loves is in danger, it could bite the “attacker.” Unfortunately, a dog’s perceptions are not necessarily always accurate, which could result in a dog bite accident. Protective aggression is most common in guarding and herding breeds, which include German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, and Old English Sheepdogs.

#3: Bad Play

In some cases, dogs bite gently when they play. However, as the dog becomes increasingly excited, its ability to hold back diminishes. At a certain point, play becomes rough and the dog may bite too hard, causing an injury.

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Dog owners are responsible for controlling their animals so that dominance, territorial aggression, and bad play do not cause them to bite other people. If you’ve been the victim of a dog bite, a Michigan pet bite lawyer of Ravid & Associates, P.C., is prepared to help. Call 877-PET-BITE today to discuss your case.

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