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Dogs are more likely to bite if they are:

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 bite.

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 pups.

7. Sleeping - Let them lie. Startling a sleeping dog can lead to a bite.

This information was supplied by:
Karen Peak,
The Safe Kids/Safe Dogs Project

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