Certain dog breeds such as German shepherds, rottweilers and pit bulls are frequently portrayed as inherently aggressive. While these dogs, and any other breed, can be trained to be dominant and aggressive (and a few do have aggressive personalities, just like people), the majority never attack anyone.
It may come as a surprise, but a significant number of dog attacks stem from fear. Outlined below are some of the common underlying causes of dog attacks based on fear.
When a dog is in pain
A dog cannot tell you that it is in pain the same way that humans can. In fact, the pain and suffering of dogs often goes unnoticed until they display behavioral changes, with sudden aggression being one possibility. If a dog that is in pain feels backed into a corner or under threat, then it may lash out as a result of fear and vulnerability.
If a dog is traumatized
Unfortunately, many dogs are mistreated or have been mistreated in the past. While it is admirable to rescue dogs that have found themselves in this situation, it’s important to be aware of the potential of attacks. Even as a dog lover, it is not advisable to approach a dog that you do not know suddenly. They could become startled and feel backed into a corner. If they have suffered trauma in the past, then they may bite out of fear.
Approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year in the U.S. If you were recently attached and the owner of the canine who bit you was negligent, then you may be able to hold them to account for your injuries and trauma. Seek legal guidance to find out more about whether you may be in a position to pursue compensation.