In my experience, people’s ability to notice animal behaviour in greater detail and sooner during an interaction plus adopt the perspective of the animal they are interacting with avoid injury with animals. Most people that are injured communicate something not intended to the animal to trigger a defensive reaction and fail to respond to early warning signs. I work with animals of many kinds including dogs and have never been injured. I adjust my behaviour not only to suit a particular species but also individuals to stay safe.

I think neurotic people that are taught skills and knowledge would be no more likely to become injured than others. To me, the issue with dog bites has more to do with a lack of understanding than personality, which is extremely common. I think this is a tradgedy in a culture that values pet ownership as much as ours.

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