- Wagging the Tail
This may come as a surprise to people who assume that a dog that’s wagging its tail is happy, but if that tail is pointed upward and not moving very far in a back-and-forth motion, it could be getting ready to strike at the nearest person.
- Tucking the Tail
Another misconception with regards to a dog’s tail is that when it is tucked between its hind legs, that dog is acting in a submissive manner. That is not necessarily the case and children should not assume that there is no danger when this occurs.
- Raised Fur
Anyone who has been around a dog that has suddenly encountered another animal has seen its fur shoot upward to the point where it looks almost like a porcupine. This is a sign that the dog may be overstimulated.
- Avoidance Behavior
Dogs are obviously social animals. Therefore, when a dog exhibits behavior that seems like avoidance, it could mean that the next step is for it to bite. Examples of avoidance include refusing to look at someone directly, yawning repeatedly or licking its lips despite not having eaten recently.
The most obvious sign that a dog is becoming aggressive is when it begins to growl and show its teeth. This should be a clear sign to anyone who sees it, as it is intended to be aggressive in nature and to send the message to stay away. Whether parents have dogs in the home or not, their children should understand the warning signs of an imminent dog bite attack. The more they know, the less likely it is that they will be bitten. If you or your child has been injured in a dog bite attack, you should take action to protect your legal rights. Contact the Las Vegas injury lawyers at the Sam Harding Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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