1. Poorly trained, socialized and maintained - | Dogs
that do not know how to coexist with humans, that do
not get to experience and become comfortable with
things in our world, or dogs who are confused or
allowed to be in positions where they may feel the
need to bite are more likely to bite. This includes
dogs left unattended in yards, as well as those that
are expected to behave and act just like humans.
2. Scared - Dogs react to things by either running
(flight) or trying to stop it (fight). Dogs that are
scared or anxious are more likely to bite.
3. Skittish - Owners should teach their dogs to
tolerate noises, to become accustomed to being handled
(tails grabbed, ears touched, mouths opened, etc.). A
dog that will not tolerate things is more likely to
4. Feeling ill or hurt - A dog that is not feeling
well or having a bad day is more likely to bite.
5. Overly excited - Bites often happen when play gets
too rough. The dog learns that biting and roughhousing
are acceptable. Overexcitement and "hyper" behavior
can occur when a dog is not getting enough exercise,
both physical and mental.
6. New mothers - Like all species, mother dogs are
protective of babies and may not want humans handling
7. Sleeping - Let them lie. Startling a sleeping dog
can lead to a bite.
This information was supplied by:
The Safe Kids/Safe Dogs Project