One of the most painful effects of a dog bite can be the resulting morbid fear of dogs. A victim frequently is a dog lover; after being attacked, however, he or she no longer feels comfortable around dogs, and thereby can no longer enjoy the companionship of "man's best friend."

This may interfere with friendships and the quality of life. For example, a woman who lived in the countryside found that she no longer could take walks because she feared being attacked. This left her a "shut-in" for a period of months.