When dealing with a human who may physically attack, a person may easily recognize the signs that the other party could lash out violently. However, when it comes to dogs, they obviously cannot speak in order to give clues to the potential for aggressive behavior. Fortunately, dogs often give indicators they may bite that could help Florida residents avoid injury.
Most people associate a dog’s wagging tail with being happy, playful or otherwise nonviolent. However, if that tail is straight up and moving back and forth quickly, it could actually indicate aggression. This ordinarily goes along with a dog’s body being rigid and could indicate it is about to attack.
On the other hand, the most obvious indicators that a dog could bite are snapping and growling. If an individual can see the dog’s teeth, it would probably be a good idea to keep away since that is most likely what the dog is attempting to convey. Another potential indicator is licking the lips, averting its gaze or yawning. Paying attention to these physical cues could alert someone to move away from the dog, which may make it relax enough to avoid catastrophe. However, there is no guarantee this will work, and a bite could still happen.
Understanding how a dog’s behavior could give forewarning that a bite may occur could save many Florida residents from suffering a painful injury. The owner ought to know his or her dog’s behavior well enough to notice the signs well before the dog attacks, but that is not always the case. Even an owner who does recognize aggressive tendencies in his or her dog may not take appropriate measures to calm the dog and/or keep the dog away from potential victims. In these cases, a dog bite victim may benefit from gaining an understanding of his or her rights and legal options to help with the monetary losses that could come with a serious bite.