For dog lovers with friendly pets, talking about dog bites may not be a top priority. It’s true to say that the majority of dogs are not aggressive and do not bite. However, it is not true to say that dogs never bite. Countless people can attest otherwise and the impacts of a dog bite can be devastating both physically and emotionally.
Thus, you always need to be aware of the potential danger of aggressive dogs. It will certainly do you no harm. There are some signs that a dog may be about to attack, and some of the more common clues are outlined below.
The dog is backing away
It might sound strange to say that a dog that is backing away from you might be a danger. You might feel sorry for a dog in these circumstances and attempt to approach and comfort it. This is not advisable unless you have the relevant training and experience. A dog that is fearful and vulnerable is also a dog that is likely to bite. Dogs often bite as a last resort in situations where they are scared. You have to remember that dogs are animals at the end of the day, and it is never a good idea to back any animal into a corner.
Stiffness, staring or raised fur is involved
The body language of dogs often tells the majority of the story. If a dog is happy, it will appear relaxed with its tail freely wagging. On the other hand, if a dog is feeling unsettled it might stiffen up and stare intensely at you. Staring is often a sign that a dog is getting ready to challenge you. If you notice the hairs are raised on the neck and back area of the canine, their hackles might be raised and you could be in danger.
There are no definite warnings that a dog is going to attack you but there are clues that can help you spot a problem brewing. If you have been bitten by a dog in Albuquerque, be sure to look into your legal options.