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What can a dog’s body language tell you?

On Behalf of | Sep 15, 2022 | Personal Injury

There is a tendency to humanize dogs somewhat. However, it’s important to remember that they are animals and their behaviors are very different from those of humans.

The majority of dogs will never bite anyone, but with the sheer number of canines in the U.S., the minority that do add up to a significant number. Can you tell if a dog is going to bite by its body language?  Outlined below are a few things to consider.

The fur

Generally, the fur on most dogs stays relatively flat. If it stands up, then this could be a sign that the dog is stressed and unhappy. Hackles tend to be raised along the spine towards the beginning of the tail.

This is not always a sign that a dog might bite because it can also indicate excitement about something more positive. However, it is certainly something that’s worth looking out for.

The mouth

The mouth can tell you a lot about a dog. We’ve all seen pictures of dogs sticking their tongues out and almost appearing to grin. An aggressive dog is far more likely to keep its mouth closed, lifting only the lips to show its front teeth.


This often comes as a surprise, but dogs do sweat in addition to panting when they’re hot or stressed. One thing to look out for in particular is sweat coming from the dog’s feet. You’ll probably notice wet patches on the ground if a dog is perspiring.

These are only some potential warning signs and dog attacks can be unpredictable. Owners have a responsibility to control their dog and if you have been bitten, you may be able to claim compensation. Getting in touch with someone with familiarity in the field of personal injury law will show you your options.