Many people have wonderful memories and interactions with our four legged friends. According to the ASPCA, companion dogs are in between 37 and 47% of all American households. That's millions of dogs all over the country, and millions of canine-human interactions every day. Although most of those meetings end well, that isn't always the case. Dogs can and do bite, and it's important to be able to recognize the signs of a potentially dangerous situation with a canine. Don't forget, even a bite from a small dog can cause serious injury. If you've been injured by an animal, contact a dog bite attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.
Dogs come in all shapes, sizes, varieties, and temperaments. But one thing they all have in common is that they communicate with body language. A human may be able to tell you verbally when they are feeling threatened or upset, but a dog can only tell you through changes in their body language. It's important to be aware of these subtle clues so you can avoid a potentially dangerous situation. The ASPCA explains that “aggression” can describe a host of different behaviors in a host of different circumstances. Aggression may include becoming still and rigid, barking, lunging, growling, showing teeth, snarling, snapping, or biting. Dogs may act aggressively for a number of different reasons, like protecting territory, themselves or their pack members, or out of fear and anxiety. If you've been invited onto someone's home or property, a dog who is unfamiliar with your presence could act out aggressively for any or all of those reasons.
When you are around a strange dog, be mindful of their body language and look out for signs that he or she may act out aggressively. A nervous or agitated dog may give you warning signals by becoming tense and rigid, licking their chops, yawning excessively, furrowing their brow, raising their hackles, displaying a raised rigid tail, or assuming a guarded posture. Never approach or try to pet a strange dog who is showing signs of discomfort or agitation. If you feel threatened around an animal, talk to the owner about your concerns and ask them to secure the animal in a separate location. If you see a strange dog that you would like to interact with, always ask their owner for permission and for the best way to approach their pet. Never sneak up on a strange dog. When you are getting to know a new dog, move deliberately and with confidence. Kneel down and allow him or her to approach you. A dog can sense your anxiety and may become upset if you are.
If you've been bitten by a dog, Denver Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal is ready to fight for you. Our dedicated staff has over a decade of experience specializing in personal injury claims, including dog bites. Call our offices at 303-825-2223 toschedule your free initial consultation.