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5 Dog Bite Warning Signs

How to Tell When a Dog Is About to Bite

It is hard to believe that your furry best bud would intentionally bite someone. However, many pet owners are shocked to learn that there are over 4.7 million dog bites that occur per year, and 800,000 of those bites usually require medical care. Dog bites vary in severity, but if gone unchecked, they can lead to serious infections. 

Typically speaking, it is the owner who is liable for his or her dog’s action. Therefore, it is imperative to know the warning signs of an aggressive or angry dog before it decides to attack. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, we practice personal injury law in California and our qualified dog bite injury lawyers are always here to help. 

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To show that they are uncomfortable, most dogs will not only avoid eye contact but lick their lips and yawn, as well. Though this does not necessarily mean that the dog will bite, it does show that the dog is feeling anxious.   


If you’ve ever been around a dog, a low growl or a flash of teeth is an obvious sign of aggression. Animals react this way when they are unhappy or feel threatened. Regardless of the size or age of the dog, a small bite to a sensitive body party can do a lot of damage. When an animal is exhibiting these behaviors, it is best to give them space and time until the dog feels more comfortable.   

Tail Wagging 

There is a common misconception that a dog who is wagging its tail is having a good time. While this may be true in most cases, it can sometimes indicate that the dog is on edge. It is important to notice the difference between a “happy wag” and an “angry wag.” Generally, if the dog is upset, it wags its tail, raises it high, and will keep their body perfectly still. 

Tense Body

A tense body is a clear sign that your dog is uncomfortable. Most dogs stay in constant motion while they’re happy. When their body becomes stiff, it may be time to worry. If a dog is standing still, with their ears and tail raised, they are most likely preparing to protect themselves. 

Raised Fur 

Like a human, if a dog feels vulnerable, the hairs on the skin stand up. This is an evolutionary warning that allows the animals to sense more from its surroundings. If a dog has raised fur and is not feeling safe, it may bite. 

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help

If you have sustained injuries as a result of a dog bite, our expert dog bite attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Contact us today by calling 213-927-3700 or filling out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.

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