Personality can influence the likelihood of dog bites

Photographer: Suvan Chowdhury

Photographer: Suvan Chowdhury


“Having a nervous personality could boost your chances of being bitten by a dog,” wrote Kennedy Schmidt for CBC News on February 10, 2018.

Schmidt continued, “Results from a recent survey compiled by the University of Liverpool show that those who scored as being more “emotionally stable” on a personality test were less likely to be bitten by a dog.

The research could have consequences for anyone who has ever cowered in the presence of a dog, even if they may not be able to control their emotional responses enough to avoid being bitten. 

Experts say that although a dog’s reason for becoming excited or upset may be hard to pinpoint, the actions that follow will most likely depend on how a person responds to the animal.”

Read the full article here. 


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