Dispelling the “My Dog Will Never Bite” Myth
One of the most common things we hear at FIDO from dog owners is, “my dog has never shown any aggression before” after their dog bites. The problem with this assumption that your dog will never bite because they’ve never been aggressive is that the situation that led to the bite has never occurred in exactly the same way. There could have been a small trigger you missed; your dog might be agitated about something, not feeling well, or just simply startled; and all of the sudden you’re facing a dog bite lawsuit.
It’s easy to assume your dog will never bite. You might think because your dog is a family friendly breed or is highly trained, they would never do such a thing. At the end of the day, your dog is an animal, and given the right set of circumstances they will bite. There are approximately 83 million dogs in the U.S. and your dog could very well live its entire life without biting, but even one incident will literally change both the life of you and your dog. Why do well trained, friendly dogs bite? There are a number of reasons this can happen.
Protection of Food or Toy
Although early training and/or lifelong management can certainly reduce the risks of this occurring, the dog may get particularly excited or be trying to keep their food or toy away from another dog, and if a human intervenes or accidentally gets in the middle, the dog could snap. Even a friendly nip could be enough to seriously harm a person, especially an elderly individual or a child.
Dogs are naturally afraid of unfamiliar and potentially threatening situations. Even though the situation may be under control, with no danger imminent, the dog doesn’t know this, and if startled may bite as a reaction. A dog raised in a quiet adult household could be afraid of fast moving children, or a dog raised in a house with no other pets could be afraid of another animal, etc.
If you own a dog that is pregnant or has just given birth to puppies, they will likely feel particularly vulnerable and protective of their young. Visitors could upset the mother dog, especially if they are people she is unfamiliar with.
These are just a few reasons your friendly and/or well-trained dog may bite, even if you have never seen any sign of aggression in them before. Remember, bites are usually unpredictable and it’s better to be financially protected with the right Dog Bite Liability Insurance than to hope you will never be in this situation.
Federation of Insured Dog Owners (FIDO) now offers the Covered Canine Policy in all states (excluding Alaska) to protect you should your dog bite an individual and cause harm. Please contact us today at (855) 534-6495 to learn more.