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Reasons a dog may bite a human

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2023 | Blog, Dog bite injuries

Dogs are generally known as friendly and loyal companions and are particularly loved in Texas, but it’s not unheard of for a dog to bite a human. While a dog bite can be painful and potentially dangerous, it is important to understand why a canine may attack you.

Fear and anxiety

Dogs may bite when they feel threatened or anxious. For instance, a dog that is cornered or restrained may feel scared and unable to escape and as a result, may resort to its only defense mechanism: biting.

Pain and illness

Dog bites may occur when dogs are in pain or ill. Like humans, dogs may react defensively when in discomfort, and biting can be an outlet for their pain-driven fight-or-flight response.

Protective instincts

Canines are famous for their protective instincts and may bite to defend themselves or their owners. A dog may perceive strangers as a threat and bite to protect its territory, family, and owner.

Lack of socialization and training

Socialization involves gradually exposing your dog to different people, animals and environments to help it become more comfortable and confident in its presence. Proper training can help your dog learn to behave appropriately and understand what is expected in different situations.


Finally, dogs may bite if they are provoked or teased. Children may be more susceptible to dog bites because they may not know how to interact with dogs properly or may not feel a sense of danger.

Dog bite prevention

To prevent dog bite injuries make sure to properly socialize and train your furry friend from a young age. You should also supervise your dog around children and other animals and keep it on a leash or in a fenced-in area when outside. Furthermore, never leave children unsupervised with a dog, no matter how friendly or well-behaved your dog may be.

Stay safe from dog bites

Dog bites can be unfortunate experiences that stem from overestimating your relationship with “man’s best friend.” Taking a proactive approach and being aware of canines will help keep you and others safe.


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