Your New Jersey Injury And Workers’ Compensation Law Firm

How do dogs show aggression?

On Behalf of | Jul 4, 2023 | Dog Bites

As you approach a dog, you may notice certain details about how it acts and what body language it has. This kind of information can help you even after a serious and painful dog bite.

Learning about the traits and signs of a violent dog is important when you wonder what aggression looks like in an animal.

Making noise and barking

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, dogs that exhibit an increase in barks or guttural sounds are typically trying to warn a person of a possible bite. However, many people who own dogs could ignore or misinterpret these warning signs and encourage other people to play with the animal instead.

Showing teeth

If a dog shows its teeth and bares them after not moving for a while, it could be a sign of anger. Whether a dog is trying to protect its domain or it has a tendency to be aggressive, a bite may happen even if you have interacted with the dog before. Some dogs can snarl and try to nip at you once they show their teeth.

Moving around quickly

A nervous or upset dog may stand still at first. If it still feels threatened, it could make movements toward you and dart around. It may even muzzle punch you, meaning it presses its muzzle against you and then runs away.

The signs of an angry dog may seem hard to see at first, since many dogs show a variety of them. Since a dog bite is so devastating, knowing as much as you can about these warning signs may help you.