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When Dogs Bite: Researcher Hopes Software Teaches Kids to Respect Animals

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By SARAH NETTER For ABC News

Despite Parents Insistence Dogs ‘Don’t Just Snap,’ Experts Say.

A group of researchers who say that’s almost never the case are now testing software aimed at teaching young children how to behave around animals in hopes of cutting down on the number of dog bites and maulings.

“This is not a small problem,” said David Schwebel, professor and vice chairman of the psychology department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

And when dogs do bite, it can be a high profile problem. The 4-year-old daughter of reality television star Jesse Browning, who appears on The History Channel’s “Ax Men” about the logging industry, was mauled and killed by one of the family’s Rottweilers this weekend.

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