Dogs that bite children have often not bitten kids before, but they tend to have underlying behavioural or medical problems, indicates research in the journal Injury Prevention.
The same can be said of children who bite dogs.
The research team analysed the circumstances surrounding 111 cases of dog bite over a period of four years. All the 103 dogs involved had bitten children and had been referred to the same veterinary behaviour clinic.
Young children were much more likely to be bitten when dogs felt their food or other resources, such as toys, were under threat.
Hey, even the Dowbrigade has been known to get snappish when his food or toys are threatened.
Behavioural analysis revealed that, the guarding of resources and territory were the most common causes of aggression among the dogs.
As among nations of men.
Three quarters also exhibited anxiety, when left by their owners, or when exposed to noise, such as thunderstorms or fireworks.
Are they talking about the dogs or the children?
Demonstrable fear may signal a tendency towards biting when faced with a perceived threat, say the authors
And young children in particular can be noisy and unpredictable in their movements, both of which could frighten an already anxious dog.
Or a curmudgeonly college professor. Watch out kids.
from Eureka Alert,