This survey has frightening findings, until you read the fine print and realize that all the questions are meaningless.
“More than half of dog owners said they knew someone who had been bitten or attacked by a dog while a separate survey of children found nearly two thirds, or 65 per cent, reported having been frightened or scared by a dog’s behaviour.”
People know lots of other people. Most of us ‘know someone’ who has fallen on a banana peal. That doesn’t mean that banana peal falls are at epidemic levels.
Children are often frightened or scared by a dog. But is that because dogs are frightening or because children are easily frightened?
Of course we need dog safety education for children. I have an excellent, free dog safety education resource you can find at the top of this web page.
But children also need to be educated about deception of statistics. Especially deception by surveys like this one.