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    5 Signs A Dog May Be Ready to Attack

    Advice from a Dog Bite Attorney

    Dogs may be man’s best friend, but they can also be among our worst enemies. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 4.7 million dog bite incidents in the United States each and every year, and an astonishing 800,000 of them lead to the victim seeking medical care. Dogs bite for many reasons: in many cases they are frightened or feel threatened and are defending themselves. In other cases they may believe that they are protecting their owner or their owner’s property. Some dogs are simply aggressive by nature, while others bite as a result of being overly excited. The reason behind a dog bite makes little difference when it comes to the serious physical and emotional damage that it can cause. Dog bites can result in lacerations and punctures, loss of tissue, and even fractured bones or crush injuries. The wounds can become infected, leave scars, and more. The attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC have successfully represented many victims of these attacks, getting them compensation for the harm that they have suffered.

    One of the best ways to avoid being a victim of dog bite is to recognize the red flags that indicate that you are in danger, but in many cases we miss them. Though we are familiar with growling and barking, because dogs have become so highly domesticated, many have grown away from these obvious behaviors and have replaced them with other, more subtle cues. Here are five signs that a dog may be ready to attack:

    1. Wagging tail – Though we associated a wagging tail with friendliness, there are differences between happy wagging and aggressive wagging. When a dog wags with its entire body, it is happy. When its tail is pointed high, moving quickly back and forth while its body is rigid, consider it a warning.
    2. Raised fur – Though this can simply be a sign that a dog is highly stimulated or excited, when you see the hair go up on a dog’s neck or back it is a good idea to step back.
    3. Tense, rigid posture with chest out and stiff legs – As is true with many animals, dogs that are fearful or about to act aggressively will try to make themselves appear bigger. A dog whose body is relaxed is generally happy – a dog that keeps its body stiff and freezes upon your approach is not.
    4. Lip licking, yawning, averted gaze and seeing the whites of the eyes – When you see a dog acting in this way, it is crying out for help from you – and you need to listen. The dog’s behavior is telling you that it is very uncomfortable and stressed, and if you don’t respond appropriately it may lash out rather than run away.
    5. Direct stare – One of the clearest ways that a dog can communicate their aggression (other than barking, snarling and snapping) is to look you directly in the eye in an unblinking, threatening way.

    Knowing the signs of a dog bite can help you avoid danger, but if you’ve already been the victim of an attack, then you need more than advice from a dog bite attorney – you need legal representation. Call the law firm of Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC to learn more about how we can help you get the compensation that you deserve.

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