It’s true the more anxious you look like to a dog, the more a dog picks up on your sense of fear. That essentially means that the more emotionally stable and less neurotic you come across to a dog, the lower your risk of being bitten by it.
The recent study revealed that the anxious people are three times more likely to being bitten by dogs!
What’s more is that the study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health men were 81 percent more likely to be bitten than women.
“It is essential that previously assumed risk factors are reassessed as this study has revealed that prior beliefs such as bites typically being from familiar dogs are contested,” said Carri Westgarth, researcher at the University of Liverpool in the UK.
Out of one-fourth of the participants in the study, one one-third needed medical treatment, however. Also, dogs tend to bite people they’ve never bit before; so pooch lovers don’t need to wary of your live in pooch.
While this is reassuring, even minor bites can cause significant emotional distress, the researchers stated.
“Dog bite prevention schemes may also need to target particular behaviours around dogs by different victim personality types,” the researchers said.