Canine Bite Levels

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  • Bite level 1 is obnoxious or aggressive behavior but no skin contact by teeth.
  • Level 2 is skin contact by teeth but no skin puncture.
  • Level 3 is one to four punctures from a single bite with no puncture deeper than half the length of the dog’s canine teeth.
  • Level 4 is one to four puncture wounds with at least one puncture being deeper than half the length of the dog’s canine teeth.
  • Level 5 is a multiple bite incident with at least two Level 4 bites.
  • Level 6 is a bite resulting in death.