- Be aware of the signs to look for when a dog is going to bite
- Know what to do after the dog bite
- Recognise the signs of an infected dog bite
- Know when to report a dog bite to the police
Signs a dog is going to bite
Many believe that the typical signs of an angry dog is growling or barking. However, this is not necessarily the case and it is important to look out for other signs such as:
- Direct eye contact, which for a dog is a direct threat
- The dog’s tail being up, and perhaps wagging stiffly. Just because it’s wagging doesn’t mean it’s happy, this can also be a sign of aggression. Usually there will be a clear difference in the type of wag, as when a dog is happy the whole body is part of the wagging. When there is aggression, the dog is likely to be stiff, as is the wagging tail.
- The dog trying to look bigger by having its legs apart and throwing its chest out, or having a rigid body posture
- Low rumbling growl
- Showing front teeth, this is seen as a direct intention to bite
- Ears up or perked
- Raised fur – this is known as having their hackles raised
- Fear may also increase the likelihood of a dog biting, so signs such as a dog cowering or tucking its tail may be a warning sign
If you see a dog exhibiting any of these signs, it is likely it is going to bite and it is best to back away slowly.