Oh let's just do this one as well:
I see you also still have a reading and comprehension failure, that or deliberately misrepresenting.
I'm not going to turn this into something personal but II see you have fallen into the same trap that I highlighted earlier - this attitude probably doesn't help in these or other situations. Try not to be so confrontational and look down on people just because they have another standpoint.
Another standpoint? I'm quite happy to accept that - what I will challenge is people who claim something which isn't true. Given
andyrm » - Woman stupidly leaves bag unattended
- Puppy sniffs bag
- People act inappropriately and situation escalates
is a complete misrepresentation of the situation described in the OP (oh yes it's subtle, but there is a distinct difference between "sniff" and "investigate" for example) is that because you didn't read the OP properly, or because you're distorting things to suit your agenda?
Stop, stand calmly and let it come and sniff you, see you are not a dog or a threat to it's master and then move on. Simple.
Every time I encounter a dog whilst out running or biking? I'd probably better give up then, because I'm not going to get much done. Alternatively the owners could control their dogs so that I can run/bike and ignore them which is what I'd like to do.
I can't help thinking that there's definitely something being done wrong, and first 2 things I think of are firstly the running away thing, and secondly hostility towards dog/owner which naturally drives the dog to defend it's master from what it interprets as an aggressor.
I shall try to put this in as non-confrontational way as possible, but did you read my explanations of being bitten, and if not could you go back and re-read them? Because as I mentioned there is only one case where I was actually moving away from the dog before being bitten rather than it just approaching me, and in none of the cases was I anywhere near the owner, let alone being hostile towards them (by default I'm friendly to everybody).
I'm not sure why the dog owners are having such a hard time understanding that some dogs just bite, not given 200,000 bites a year. Regarding the stats, a-a's assertion is actually a fail for a different reason. Even if we assume everybody in the population has an equal chance of being bitten, my 5 bites are over 20 years, hence 4 million bites over that time. So approximately a 1 in 15 chance of being bitten in that period, a 1 in 225 chance of being bitten twice... 1 in 760,000 chance of being bitten 5 times. So I'm quite unusual, but given a population of 60 million there are probably hundreds who've been bitten that many times over that period.