Dogs can exhibit aggressive behaviors for various reasons, including temperament, self-defense, dominance, or fear.
Knowing the warning signs that a dog can be dangerous can help prevent dog bites. Here is what to look for:
- Growling: In most cases, dogs growl when anxious or threatened. They do this to communicate that they want to be left alone. This is a warning sign that the dog may bite if it continues to feel unsafe.
- Stiff Body Posture: A rigid body, rolling shoulders back, or raised hackles on the back of the neck are all strong signs that a dog may be ready to defend itself.
- Staring: When a dog gives you a prolonged, direct eye look, it could be a sign the dog is showing aggression or intimidation, especially when accompanied by growling and stiff body posture.
- Fur Standing up: When a dog's fur stands up, it is often a sign of fear or aggression in most dogs. It can also signify that the dog is feeling protective.
How To Avoid a Dog Bite
If a dog is displaying aggressive behavior, there are things you can do to prevent an attack. Here are some tips to follow:
- Be cautious and respect the dog's personal space: All dogs should be treated respectfully, and caution should be taken when interacting with unfamiliar dogs. Always ask permission from the owner before approaching a dog, and don't invade its personal space.
- Avoid staring: Making direct eye contact with a dog you don't know isn't the best idea. Prolonged eye contact can signify to the dog that you're a threat. You should avoid eye contact and keep moving to avoid an aggressive interaction with a dog.
- Don't run and stay calm: The last thing you want to do if an unfamiliar dog attacks you is to start running or screaming. This can provoke the dog's predatory impulses and lead to a bite. Stay calm and walk away slowly from the dog while not making eye contact. If a dog is already acting aggressive towards you, standing completely still like a tree will usually solicit a less aggressive response from the dog than turning your back and running.
- Don't approach an unfamiliar dog: Approaching an unknown dog can be dangerous because it can cause the dog to react in an unpredictable way due to fear or protectiveness. Stay away from unfamiliar dogs unless you have the owner's permission.
Contact a Spartanburg Dog Bite Lawyer Today
Dog bites can be dangerous and can lead to serious physical, financial, and emotional damage. If a dog bites you or a loved one, you should contact a dog bite lawyer immediately.
The Law Office of Tyler Rody understands the difficulty in navigating the complex South Carolina legal system. Lead attorney Tyler Rody can help protect and fight for your right to compensation. Contact Spartanburg dog bite lawyer, Tyler Rody at (864) 381-7969 for a free consultation.