Little Dogs, Adults and Biting – What’s the story?
Hard to believe, but as a child I was bitten twice by two different dogs. The first was by a friend’s puppy and it occurred when I was around 5 years old. He was just playing (like all puppies do) but the interaction left me needing a stitch in my lip “so my lips could look pretty when I wore lipstick”. I was so frightened of getting a stitch to the lip that they had to bind me to the table. Now, you would think that would have been traumatic enough to make me avoid dogs. Nope.
Then, when I was a little bit older, I did what every dumb kid does when they don’t understand dogs. I knelt down and stared the dog in the eyes. Definitely not a good idea. Muffin let me know that she wasn’t happy about it.
Luckily, no stitches were needed that time.
I cannot explain my love of dogs given my past experiences. I have always loved them and I’ve always had a desire to better understand them. That’s why this posting on the Dog Behavior Blog so fascinated me. Thanks to Con for doing the research and sharing it with others like me. I found it interesting to learn which group was more likely to get bitten and what types of dogs were more likely to bite. Check it out. You may be surprised too.