Dogs may not be able to speak, but they can tell us without words how they're feeling. By reading a dog's body language, you can tell if they're stressed, scared or aggressive.
If a dog is displaying any of these behaviors, they may bite if pushed.
• Lifting a front leg
• Lowering their head
• Backing up or cowering
• Rolling over on their back
• Averting their eyes
• Hard stares without losing focus
• Stiff body
• Raised hair on back
• Showing teeth
Ways to prevent bites
• Don’t leave small children along with any dog.
• Leave dogs alone with they are sleeping, eating, or chewing on a bone or toy. If you must remove an object, trade it for something else.
• Avoid hugging or kissing a dog or putting your face near their face.
• Don't force a dog to move by pulling its collar or fur, and don't restrain or pet a dog trying to get away. Avoid cornering a dog.
Should you seek help?
Many problem behaviors can be addressed through management, training or changing the dog's environment. However, in cases of severe aggression or fear, seek help from a professional behavior specialist.