by Deji Asiru-Balogun
Three separate incidents around the world last week reminded me of how little people understand dogs and what makes them tick. A baby in the UK got killed by a mastiff, a young man in Madagascar was hunted down by German Shepherd dogs, and a 4 year old boy got mauled by a pair of savage German Shepherd dogs in our own Lagos. The stereotypes are failing us. There are always reasons for dog bites, and 7 out 10 times they occur it’s the human’s fault.
Most dog bites in Nigeria go unreported, but they occur. With the increasing interest in dogs, the frequency of bites will follow suit. Regardless of the breed of dog you encounter, if you go against the tenets of the canine society, you will get bitten. Commonsense is key. Always.
Here are a few ways to get bitten by dogs;
Most dog attacks are the result of insufficient containment of the dog, poor training or taunting. Unfortunately, the world will never be rid of bad owners, so it is wise to be prepared.
Seeing how curious and ‘sapiosexual’ many now profess to be, choosing to reenact the scenarios depicted above will get you dog bites worthy of intellectual discourse.