Dog Bite Study

A study of 484 dogs in the UK into the contexts and consequences of dog bite incidents published in Volume 23 (2018) of the Journal of Veterinary Behavior found that 66% of dogs were known to the victim. The most common context of a dog bite is related to interacting or attempting to interact with the dog. However, the dog approached the victim in 50% of cases. In 27% of cases the dog was known to have bitten someone previously. If the person approaches the dog they are likely to be bitten on the upper extremities, but if the dog approaches the person they are likely to be bitten on the lower extremities. Most dog bites did not require medical treatment (62%). Owners bitten by their own dog were more likely to consider it an accident or unintentional than bites from a less familiar dog.