Dogs aren’t just pets to most people; they are cherished family members who tag along to a number of public places, from city parks to retail stores. It’s easy to forget that dogs are animals with their own social behaviors, and a dog’s social norms don’t always align with those of humans.
As Denver area dog bite lawyers, our partners are all too familiar with the tragedies that can result from a friendly interaction with a dog that suddenly turns violent. Whether it is out of dominance, fear or protection, most dogs will give some warning signal before they bite. Unfortunately, many dogs have learned to suppress the obvious signs of agitation, such as growling and barking, because their owners have corrected them for displaying these behaviors.
Learning to understand important signals and anticipating a potential problem is the best way to keep you and your family safe from traumatic injuries. Some of the signals a dog might give before a bite include:
- Showing front teeth
- Low rumbling growl
- Ears up or perked
- Trying to look big, with legs apart and chest out
- Tail up, possibly wagging stiffly (a wagging tail indicates high energy, not always of the happy variety)
- Direct eye contact
Learning to interpret a dog’s body language is the best thing you can do to prevent a potential bite. If you see any of these behaviors, back off immediately and assess the situation.
Children are at a particular risk for dog attacks, not only because of their natural curiosity, but because of the trusting nature. Teach young children to understand these signals, even if your family doesn’t own a dog.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog in Denver, contact our experienced dog bite lawyers today by completing the form on this page or calling 720.667.3030 to discuss your case for free. Leventhal Sar LLC welcomes bite victims from Aurora, Cherry Creek and throughout Colorado.