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Recognizing signs that a dog may be about to bite

On Behalf of | May 29, 2023 | Dog And Animal Bites |

Interacting with dogs can bring immense joy and companionship, but it is crucial to remember that they are animals with certain instincts and behaviors. Knowing how to interpret a dog’s body language can help prevent potential aggressive incidents such as bites.

Understanding and recognizing the signs that a dog may exhibit before it bites can help ensure safe interactions with dogs.

Signs of fear

Dogs may bite out of fear or anxiety. Signs of a fearful dog can include flattened ears, the tail tucked between the legs and a hunched posture. The dog may also show the whites of its eyes, known as “whale eyes.”

Aggressive behavior

Aggressive signs include growling, showing teeth and intense, direct eye contact. If a dog starts to display these signs, it is best to give it space and avoid making sudden movements.

Unusual quietness

Some dogs may become unusually still or quiet before they bite. They may fixate on a person or object with an intense stare. This type of behavior often precedes a lunge or bite.

Protective behavior

Dogs can be protective of their territory, food, toys or owners. If a dog stiffens up, growls or stands between a person and the object or individual it is guarding, it may be a warning sign that the dog could bite if it feels further threatened.

Stiff body language

Another sign a dog might bite is rigid body language. This can include a stiff tail, raised fur along the dog’s back and a body posture that appears ready to lunge.

Recognizing these indicators and responding appropriately can prevent potential bites and ensure a safer and more harmonious relationship with dogs.

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