The problem with animal attacks, specifically those that involve dogs, is that it puts the animal in a bad light.
However, the real problem is not really the dog but the pet owners and the way people treat them in general.
Animal attack prevention should start with understanding the animals and knowing what type of human behavior can trigger these attacks.
To understand, here is a list of the most common human and dog behaviors that usually leads to animal attacks:
Â· Fear â€“ Heard the quote "There is nothing more dangerous than a cornered animal?" If the dog felt that it is in danger, it will lash out in self defense. And it does not matter if it really is in danger or not; as long as they perceive that they are in danger, a dog attack may occur.
Â· Dominance and territoriality â€“ One of the natural instincts of dogs is to mark their territory and to dominate other dogs or animals inside the territory. These dogs could use aggression to assert their dominance and this could lead to violent tendencies not only against other animals but with humans as well.
Â· Predatory instincts â€“ This usually happens in multi-dog attack where the instinct to hunt with the pack is strong. If a dog attacks a human, other dogs in the pack may join in.
Â· Sickness â€“ One of the most common illnesses that could lead to a dog attack is rabies where the dog's mind could become clouded and may not even recognize its owner anymore.
Â· Entering territory â€“ Once you enter the territory, the dominant dog and his pack may perceive your action as an attack. It does not matter if you are attacking or not, as long as they perceive you as a danger, they may act to defend their territory
Â· Blocking their food â€“ Interfering with a dog and his food (even if it is not intentional) may trigger aggressive animal behavior.
Â· Intervening in a dog fight â€“ A person trying to step in to stop or restrain fighting dogs can in turn be the subject of the dog attack.
Â· Threatening behavior â€“ Staring directly in the eyes of the dog or moving your face too close to the dog's head can make a dog feel threatened and may attack in self defense.
These are just some behaviors that people need to understand if they want to own a dog or any kind of animal.
They should understand that animals have different sets of instincts and do not necessarily see things the way people do, no matter how domesticated they are.