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Anu Asnaani, a psychology professor at the University of Utah and licensed clinical psychologist, said it’s not realistic to expect people to stay still when an animal is attacking them — especially if they are scared of dogs or have been bit in the past.

“If you’re asking someone to freeze, if they are interpreting that their life is in danger, it’s highly unlikely that they are going to be able to freeze,” she said. “And they’re not being noncompliant, it is an evolutionary, built-in reaction that all of us have, regardless of what is happening, to protect ourselves.”

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Last Updated: 10/4/21