Warning signs that a dog might attack

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2022 | personal injury

Dogs make wonderful pets to people across the country. However, our love for dogs can often cloud our judgment. It is important to remember that dogs are animals who respond differently than humans.

Dogs can be aggressive but this is not always the reason they bite. Dogs can act out because they are scared or believe that someone is going to steal possessions.

While a dog bite is unlikely it is important to consider it as a possibility. There are some signs to look out for that might indicate a dog is going to attack, and these are outlined below.

Visual signs

A dog wagging its tail is commonly associated with happiness. While this is generally the case, it is important to monitor the precise body language. Consider whether the dog is in a relaxed posture and its tail is wagging freely. A rigid stance could be a sign of aggression. The tail might be pointing upright, rather than loosely wagging.

You should also be on the lookout for raised fur. When dogs are uncomfortable, their hackles tend to become visible. A lot of the time hair will stand on its head in the neck and back areas, and sometimes even at the tail. This is a sign that the dog is anxious, which increases the likelihood of an attack.

Noises

You can also tell a lot about a dog’s situation by the noises it makes. If a dog is growling or snarling, this might mean it is getting ready to attack. If a dog is making these sounds, it is best not to exasperate the situation by getting closer. It is much safer for you to back away slowly and give the dog some space.

Telling whether or not a dog is going to bite you is difficult, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. If you have been caught up in a dog attack, it might be possible for you to pursue a claim for any injuries suffered.