This year, some firms are reporting an increase in dog bite incidents. Naturally, the months of May – September have increased dog bite reports simply because more people are out on their own or with their dogs. However, when compared to the amount of dog bites in prior years, this season has had a dramatic increase. One theory points to the masks we must wear in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Research shows that dogs are able to understand human emotions, which is possible by reading a human’s facial expression. If a human is wearing a mask, the dog can only see the human’s eyes, which can be misinterpreted as hostility. This will, in turn, make the dog fearful and aggressive against the human.
Dog training experts were also asked about the correlation between masks and aggressive dog behavior. They confirm that articles of clothing, such as masks, hoods and large hats may catch a dog off guard. A dog reads body language to gauge a situation. Seeing a human wearing a mask may resemble a tightly clamped mouth, which a dog would see as aggression since they would do that to show others their aggression. Furthermore, a dog can see a humans smile and know they are happy. Blocking a person’s mouth prevents the way a dog can read the situation.
During these times, where we must wear a mask in public, we may not have the option of just taking it off if we approach a dog. If you are a dog owner and plan to walk your dog in public, make sure to have a tight grip on your leash. The last thing you want is to walk by someone who has a mask on and your dog gets away from you to attack. If you are walking and you see a dog with its owner, give yourself a little added walking distance from them. Give the dog as little reason to negatively react as possible. In the unfortunate event you are bit by a dog, you will want to speak with a dog bite lawyer right away.
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