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The complex issue of dog bites
  1. Caroline Bower
  1. The Veterinary Hospital Group, Colwill Road, Estover, Plymouth PL6 8RP
  1. e-mail: carolinebower{at}

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AT a recent symposium on pets and people, organised by the British Veterinary Behaviour Association and the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, one of the main topics considered was the serious issue of dog attacks on people. As with most things in life, when we started examining this it became clear that the causes of dog bites are many and various, and frequently complex. It is not a simple matter of ‘thugs’ setting their ‘status dogs’ on other people. Bites take place in the home, in the veterinary surgery, and …

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