Study shows, dogs are more likely to bite who are anxious

A new study showed that dogs are likely to bite people who are emotionally unstable, granting some sense of truth to the notion that they can “smell fear.” An artificial intelligence powered device which can convert dog barks into English words is under development, but it is still far from being released to the public.

We can’t simply ask a dog if it is planning to bite us, so, for now, know that what exposes people the highest risk of getting bitten. The researchers from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom published a new study in the BMJ Journals which investigated the true prevalence and risk factors of dog bites. A survey was carried out in the country oh Cheshire to gather the necessary prevalence, where 694 people in 385 households responded.

Study shows, dogs are more likely to bite who are anxious

The researchers observed that the official estimation for dog bite incidents in the United Kingdom is far lower compared to the actual number of incidents. The researchers came up with a figure of 18.7 dog bites per 1,000 people every year, by anticipating the number of dog bite incidents in Cheshire to apply to the general UK population. The nature of the people who suffer them is the main reason why a significant number of dog bite incidents are not being reported.

The respondents of the survey were also asked to fill out a 10-item personality test and a pattern emerged when this information was connected to the dog bite incidents. Carri Westgarth, the lead author of the study and a research fellow at the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health of the University of Liverpool said: “Our findings suggest that the less anxious, irritable and depressed a person is, the less likely they are to have been bitten.” Men, compared to women, were almost twice as likely to be bitten, while dog owners were three times more likely compared to those who do not have a dog.