Posted September 28, 2018 04:04:49 A dog is more likely to bite its owner when the cat is out of the house, a new study finds.
A study by a team of scientists at the University of California, Davis, shows that dogs bite more when a dog is out in the open.
The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, were based on a study of more than 20,000 dog bites in California.
A team of researchers from the University at Buffalo and the University in Alabama used video cameras and other technology to capture dog bites over a three-year period.
“The findings indicate that, even though many people think that dogs are a passive animal, they are more likely than other animals to bite when confronted by the threat of a dog, such as a cat,” said study co-author David P. Smith, a UC Davis postdoctoral researcher and an associate professor in the Department of Animal Science.
“This finding suggests that dogs may be especially vulnerable to being attacked by dogs when they are out in public,” Smith said.
“It is likely that these dogs may have become accustomed to living in urban environments, which makes them less likely to attack people, so the risk of attack in public is increased when the dog is outside.”
The study found that dogs who were out in nature were about three times more likely in their lifetime to be bitten by a dog when they were alone than when they came into contact with other people.
Dogs were also more likely when they encountered cats to bite them when they knew they were not going to be attacked, the study said.
Smith said that the results suggest that there may be a more active social interaction between dogs and cats in urban areas, which may be part of why some studies suggest that people who live in urban settings tend to be more aggressive toward dogs than people who do not.
In the past, many studies have suggested that dog-owner interactions were the primary cause of aggression among pets.
Smith and his colleagues conducted the research by taking videos of bites from about 2,000 dogs.
The video footage was collected from a variety of situations.
In one scenario, a dog was out in a public area, and the person had to move quickly to avoid being bitten.
In another, the dog was in a home, but the owner had to leave quickly to take the dog to the vet.
The researchers also studied dog bites that occurred outside of homes.
In some of the situations, the researchers had the dogs in front of them, in a house with other dogs, or in a yard.
Smith’s group then watched the dogs’ reactions when they witnessed the person who was the aggressor.
The videos showed that when a person was perceived as the aggressors, the dogs became more aggressive, he said.
When the person was the victim, the behavior was not as severe, and only a few bites were reported.
“We found that when the people who were perceived as aggressors were out with other humans, the aggressive behavior didn’t change at all,” Smith told LiveScience.
“So the people were perceived to be the aggressers, and those people were more likely bite when they did have people with them.”
The research has been published in a paper that appears in the September edition of the journal Scientific Reports.
Smith is also co-lead author on a paper published in May in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.
In both cases, the people attacked were female, and both dogs and humans were attacked when they got too close.
“People have long thought that when dogs and people are out together, they act like a pack,” Smith explained.
“But the more we can see from video, the more that dogs and human are actually social.”
Smith said the study is part of a larger body of research looking at the relationship between dogs, humans, and nature.
“One of the things that is interesting is that people do seem to be a lot more likely at a given time to bite a dog than to bite an unfamiliar human,” Smith added.
“When you are outside, you can see that people are more aggressive towards a dog if it’s perceived as aggressive by the people around it.”
The new findings suggest that dogs might be more at risk for aggression when they encounter people who are not their own neighbors, Smith said, because they are usually more likely not to interact with strangers.
“I think people are probably more likely now to think that they are the aggresser and to react to dogs,” Smith concluded.