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Can you tell if a dog is about to bite?

On Behalf of | May 30, 2022 | Personal Injury

Dogs are extremely popular and offer company to their owners. Dog bites do happen though, and they can be extremely unpleasant for those on the receiving end. There are numerous reasons why a dog may feel the need to attack, and it’s not always as simple as aggression.

Outlined below are a few warning signs that a dog may be about to attack.

If they are backing away

Dogs often bite as a last resort. They might be more scared of you than you are of them. If a dog is trying to get away from you, then it is best to allow this to take place. If the canine feels backed into a corner, then it might feel like biting is its only chance of survival.


While growling isn’t always a sign of aggression, it is safer to assume this is the case with a dog you do not know. Growling may be a precursor to a devastating attack, so it is best that you do not approach a canine who is making this type of noise.

Prominent hackles

If a dog feels threatened, it may attempt to assert its dominance. Raised hackles are sometimes a sign that a dog is preparing to fight. The posture of a dog says a lot, and if you notice raised hackles, a tense stance and raised ears, it is best to assume that the dog is unhappy.

Recognizing some of the more common warning signs of a dog attack could help to keep you safe. Sometimes, it’s impossible to predict such events, and if you’ve been injured in a dog attack, you may be able to hold the owner responsible. Contacting a knowledgeable party will allow you to assess your options in greater detail.