Basically, over 95% of dog bites occur because people approach dogs, invading their personal space without permission, which can result in the dog feeling it must defend itself. Many bites that need hospital treatment are to a child's head or face. Unfortunately, dog attacks are very common and happen every day. Dogs don't often bite children, but when they do they can cause injury. • In 2018, 5714 postal service employees suffered from pooch bites. It can be frightening. The researchers point out that the circumstances that cause a dog to bite vary and may be influenced by breed behavior tendencies and the behavior of the victim, parents, and dog owner. While so broad a category is hard to define, this entry serves as a good reminder that pure-breed dogs (even the most reputedly vicious) have not cornered the market on dog-human violence. There are more than 52,000,000 dogs in the United States alone. Most dog bites to children are by the family dog or a dog owned by friends. Among 11 councils that kept statistics on where attacks occurred, 286 were reported at dog parks or beaches. ... One bite by the startled dog caused traumatic lacerations to Charlie's face, nose, eyelids, forehead and scalp. May 12, 2018 — 5.45pm. Around 13,000 people each year attend hospital emergency departments in Australia for dog bite injuries according to new data from Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital and of those, children under the age of five are most at risk. 2017–2018. The high number of attacks has prompted pleas for dog owners to be more responsible. Some have a … Approximately one-third of all homes have a dog as a pet. When safe to do so, you must report the attack to the relevant council. ... About one in three households in Australia owns a dog. Behavior such as teasing the dog comes to mind as a top reason: other studies show that in most dog bite cases, the kid started it. Report the incident ASAP. 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