Research & Policy Think Tank

Research:

Dog Bite Incidence

This was the initial study of the three-part series, and it focused on demographic and behavioral correlates relating to growling, resource guarding (described as “possessive aggression” by the authors) and biting behavior among dogs in Maritime Canada.

This paper is included because it is the only direct survey of a large group of children regarding their experience of dog bites. The purpose of this study was to identify possible discrepancies between the number of dog bites among children reported to authorities and the actual incidence.