Are Dogs More Likely to Bite in Some Circumstances Than Others?

Being bitten by a dog can be a terrifying experience and something that everyone wants to avoid. If seriously bitten, discuss your situation with San Luis Obispo dog bite attorneys to determine whether grounds exist to pursue a case.

The American Humane Association explains that tying or chaining dogs makes them 2.8 times more likely to bite than dogs that are not restrained. The reason is that tethered dogs become more territorial or more inclined to protect their area, and it increases their stress because they feel more vulnerable and therefore threatened. It is helpful to understand a dog’s body language. Some types of body language are more obvious indications that a dog may bite than other mannerisms. Beware of the following:

  • Snapping and growling are the most blatant indicators that a dog may bite
  • Raised fur on many different animals is an indication of agitation ― especially on the back of a dog’s neck, near its tail or along its whole back
  • Raised ears and tails and a stiff body often mean the dog is preparing to attack
  • Wagging tails do not always indicate a friendly dog, and when the body’s dog is also stiff, the tail is held high and wags rapidly back and forth, the dog may intend to attack and bite
  • When dogs tuck their tails under their body and cower, it indicates that they are afraid ― and when in a state of fear a dog may be inclined to bite

If you or a loved one suffers injury from an animal attack lawyers in San Luis Obispo, find out about your legal rights.

James McKiernan Lawyers offers a free consultation to hear about your incident and advise whether to take legal action.

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