Dog bites are a type of personal injury that falls under premises liability. Depending on the breed of the dog, and the individual dog’s aggression, a dog bite can have lifelong consequences. Dogs rarely, if ever, bite without warning. Knowing the signs that a dog shows before they bite can help a dog-owner keep their dog from harming anyone.
Under normal circumstances, dog bites were one of the less common forms of personal injury until recently. Due to recent social distancing requirements, there has been an increase in dog bites.
This sign seems as though it is common sense, but there is some confusion surrounding it. Bigger breeds of dogs can sometimes have a habit of “grumbling” when they are happy. This grumbling can sound similar to growling. If a dog is grumbling in addition to any other of these signs, they are likely growling instead.
A relaxed dog is very flexible in their posture but is quick to tense up in scary situations. If a dog feels threatened, their whole body can stiffen. A dog may also raise their ears and tail as another warning to their surroundings.
The whites of the eyes
When a dog is scared, they will turn their heads away from what scares them, but keep their eyes on it. This behavior causes the whites of their eyes to take a crescent moon shape on the edges of their eyes. Whale eyes alone do not always indicate a bite is coming unless it appears with other signs.
If a dog begins to cower with their tail tucked between their legs as they move into a secluded area or away from someone, do not approach them. A dog is extremely dangerous when something backs it into a corner. Once they feel comfortable in their surroundings, they will likely come out on their own.
It is the responsibility of the dog owner to ensure their dog is not a threat to others. They can prevent excessive biting by catching these warning signs and removing the dog from the situation.