Like humans, dogs can show signs of aggression before they get physical. To avoid a potential tragedy come learn what those signs are and how to identify them.

Preventing a Dog Bite Tragedy by Identifying the Potential Signs of Aggression


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1/20/2016
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The force with which canines can crush objects between their jaws is astounding. The bite force can be anywhere between 200 pounds per inch to over 350 pounds per inch, depending on the breed. Now, imagine that crushing force with the addition of dozens of razor sharp teeth. Pretty scary, isn’t it?

Thousands of people suffer from severe dog bites every year, even though the majority of attacks can be prevented. Most dog bite cases wind up being a “he said, she said” brawl over who could have stopped the attack and whether the dog was provoked. Although Washington laws tend to favor the victim, the truth of the matter is that if both owner and victim (or parent of victim, as many injuries occur with children) had paid attention to the dog’s warning signs, the incident could probably have been avoided.

Tell-Tale Signs of Canine Aggression

Despite the fact that many dog bite victims will claim that attackers suddenly went from panting pups to bloodthirsty demons, it is highly unlikely that a canine won’t show signs of aggression before he attacks. As with most animals, aggression tends to build out of anxiety or caution. When you know the signs, it’s easy to predict if and when that rage and aggression will surface. These signs include.

  • Avoiding eye contact. Eye contact is important with dogs as it shows trust and caring. However, if a dog is actively avoiding your eyes, or keeps looking back and forth between you and a possession, he may be displaying signs of mistrust or anxiety. Dogs are extremely protective of their property and if they feel threatened, they will act accordingly. Therefore, if a dog seems uneasy and refuses to look you in the eyes, the safest thing to do is to keep a wide berth so he doesn’t think you’re intruding into his territory.
  • Low-growling and snarling. Dog vocalizations are a possible indication that something is bothering a dog. You need to be able to identify the difference between playing and attention-getting growls and growling that indicates mistrust, pain, stress, or the need to protect something or someone. Generally, the latter is lower in pitch and the tone is more aggressive. When you begin to hear these types of growls, or see that the dog is baring its teeth in a snarl, you need to back off and allow him to calm down.
  • Raising hackles. The hairs on the back of a dog’s neck is known as its hackles. Lifting the hackles is an evolutionary instinct designed to make the dog appear bigger and more threatening. It is a good warning sign that the dog may attack.

Keep your family and friends safe by liking and sharing this article via Facebook, Twitter, or email. By giving your loved ones the information they need to identify a potentially aggressive canine, you could be saving their lives.



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