Fear, dominance, and defending belongings are all causes for dogs to become violent. Whatever the cause of the dog aggression, a dog's body language might indicate whether or not he is likely to bite. Knowing what to look for might help you avoid being bitten by a dog.
01 of 07
Growling and Snapping
The most apparent signals that a dog is preparing to bite are growling and snapping. When dogs are upset or uncomfortable, they growl or snap at you. It's time to give a dog some room if they snarl or snap at you as you approach them.
Growling and snapping might also be beneficial. Your dog is attempting to communicate with you. Pay attention to when your dog snaps or growls. When you approach them when they are eating, when others approach, or when you touch them while they are sleeping, does it happen? You can handle the situation and concentrate on modifying the behavior if you know what causes the snarling and snapping.
02 of 07
One of the symptoms that many people are surprised by is this. Dog trainers frequently hear owners say that their dog was wagging its tail right up until they bit someone. However, pay attention to how your dog wags its tail.
A pleased dog may and engage their entire body. A dog that is going to bite is generally stiff, with its tail pointed high and wagging back and forth more swiftly. This might indicate an upcoming dog bite.
03 of 07
The hair on dogs' backs may rise up when they are scared or overstimulated. Only the hair on the back of the neck between the shoulders stands up in some dogs. Other dogs have it near their tails and around their necks. Other dogs, on the other hand, may have a ridge of hair that runs the length of their backs. If you see a dog's hackles are raised, it's a hint that you should back off.
04 of 07
Rigid Body Posture
When a dog is on the verge of becoming violent, his body language is often a dead giveaway. A calm dog with drooping ears and a cheerful, wagging tail is typically comfortable and happy. A vicious dog is the polar opposite. Their ears and tail may be elevated high, and their entire body may become rigid. When you reach out to pet a dog and their entire body freezes instead of squirming to go closer, you know they don't like it. It's time to get out of their way so they can relax.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Lip Licking, Yawning and Averting Gaze
If you see a dog (without food), yawning frequently, or moving their head away from your sight, they are attempting to communicate with you. These actions are used by dogs to indicate that they are uncomfortable with anything that is happening around them. When a youngster comes around to pat a dog that has never been around children, the dog may lick its lips or yawn. It doesn't necessary indicate that they're about to bite, but it does indicate that they're not at ease. Uncomfortable, fearful, or nervous dogs are more inclined to bite. When a dog makes one of these appeasement gestures, your best approach is to attempt to make them feel better.
06 of 07
Cowering and Tail Tucking
Cowering and tail tucking are more obvious symptoms that you're dealing with a nervous dog than lip licking or yawning. While nervous dogs may not always bite, they are more likely to do so. Back off if you see a dog with its tail tucked between its legs cowering away from you. Allow them to approach you at their leisure, and they will be less likely to bite to defend himself.
07 of 07
Seeing the Whites of the Eyes
This is referred described as whale eye by many dog trainers. When a dog moves their head slightly but not their eyes, you can see the whites of their eyes (sclera). Around the dog's eyes, a half-moon of white will appear. Their pupils may also enlarge in order to show more sclera. In dogs, whale eye is an indication of anxiousness. Many animal shelter employees are familiar with this term. This does not always indicate that a dog is about to bite. It indicates that a dog is stressed, and stressed dogs are more inclined to bite. If you notice a dog revealing the whites of their eyes, give them some space until they are more calm.