What are some warning signs of an upset dog?

On Behalf of | Jul 21, 2022 | Animal Bites

Animals can often be unpredictable, especially if they feel threatened. When you are around dogs in particular, they may react violently without warning when a new person approaches them.

Understanding some of these reactions can help you if a dog harms you.

Notice the stance

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a frightened and angry dog may stand without moving for a while after a person approaches them. While this may seem like a relaxed stance from an outsider’s point of view, it can actually signal that the dog is feeling overwhelmed and threatened.

Sudden movements toward you in order to intimidate you can also signal that it is warning you to back away.

Check the expressions

Before dogs decide to bite deeply into a person, they usually try to get your attention. The dog may also bare its teeth and stand its ears straight up. This kind of expression can seem at first like a show of affection if you assume the dog is smiling, but most dogs actually bare their teeth because of anger.

See signs of nipping

Many dogs bite at random times, which includes small attempts to bite you without breaking your skin at first. A dog may feel territorial or assume you are a threat to it and try to harm you when you get closer to it.

Some dogs can become more aggressive and bold even as you try to get away from them. Being aware of the signs of a dog bite can help you since these injuries often lead to many complications.