Have you ever been bitten by a dog? How did you react? Most importantly, what did you do just before the dog attacked? Do you blame the dog entirely, or do you realise that the circumstances, and perhaps your own actions, had a part to play? Now, of course, there are instances where a dog is simply aggressive and prone to attack. However, more and more often, dogs are being torn away from their homes, abandoned by their families and labelled as ‘aggressive’ because they have reacted after being put in circumstances beyond their control. A pioneering study looking at ‘real time’ attacks provides some interesting reading.