The leading cause of dog bites are dog owners. Most dog owners are oblivious to the fact that their dog has the potential to bite and callous of the conditions that might lead up to their pet biting. For that reason, one of the most common phrases that a dog bite victim hears prior to being bitten is the voice of the dog’s owner yelling, “Don’t worry, he won’t bite.”
This is one of the greatest threats to our community in which dog owners fail to step up and accept responsibility for the dog bite potential that their pet presents. Failing to accept that responsibility places people at risk.
Dog bites have become so common that people have become judicial witnesses based on “junk science” that attempts to win dog bite cases by blaming dog bites on the victims rather than recognizing the behavior of the dog. The notion is that the dog has a reason for biting a person, but we just don’t understand what that reason is; so a self proclaimed individual will take the stand in court, claiming to be a profession witness, to explain what the victim did to justify the bite.
These “experts’ have created a niche in which they make the dog owner the victim on an unjust justice system that puts humans before animals. These “professionals” are lifted up by their followers that own potentially dangerous dog breeds.
To be honest, some people provoke dogs to the point of getting bit. That is one more reason for dog owners to consider their liability in owning a large dog and failing to provide proper boundaries between their dog and potential victims. Some dogs have less tolerance towards being provoked; some dogs don’t need any provocation.