Saturday, February 10, 2018

Are Neurotics more Bite Worthy?

Most dog bite studies are taken from hospital records of people being treated for dog bites.  Realizing that not all people seek medical treatment after being bitten by a dog, some researchers at the University of Liverpool took a different approach.

I may be an English Bulldog but I am in no way connected to this study.

A bunch of people were asked about their history of dog bites as well as general questions such as age, sex, etc.  Additionally, they were asked a series of questions to determine such personality characteristics as conscientiousness, extroversion-introversion, agreeableness and neuroticism.

Hmm, so agreeableness and all that are flavors.

They found that children were at greater risk of being bitten than were adults.

We're too young for this.

55% of bite victims never saw the dog that bit them.

Stealthy biters or clueless victims- you make the call.

I just wish blood didn't stain.

Men are bitten by dogs more often than women.

If you wrestle with dogs, you better know the rules.

Emotionally stable people are less likely to have been bitten.

Choose your friends wisely.

I hunt neurotics.

Bad news for neurotics, we are a tag team.

One in three dog bites received medical attention.

Don't ask, don't tell.

People with multiple dogs are more likely to be bit.

Shut up and mush.

Since the researchers concluded that neurotics are at greater risk of being bitten, let's look at some of the problems linked to neuroticism.

Drug and alcohol problems are one example.

Do not neurotic and drive.

Neurotics are also at risk for developing panic disorder.

Don't panic or I'll have to bite you.

Neurotics are more likely to suffer from irritable bowel syndrome than non neurotics.

Clearly, being a neurotic is no picnic.

I am indifferent to studies of all kinds.  By the way, this leash is not secure. 

Read about the study here.


  1. iwinston chews on me at play time. I hope that is not a bad sign, he is still a puppy though. nom nom nom

    cheers, parsnip and mandibles

  2. I've had the odd nip from a dog, but mostly it's a matter of paying attention to their body language and behaviour. If the dog's anxious, no need to say hello.

    Letter carriers are quite likely to get bitten, and tell tall tales about it afterwards.

    1. Someone should do a study on neurotic mail carriers bitten by dogs.