Understanding dog behavior

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One way of possibly avoiding dog attacks is to understand how a dog is behaving in the presence of other people. Dog-related injuries, unfortunately, affects approximately 4.5 million people in the U.S. every year, the U.S. CDC said. Dog bites are serious, some people suffer disfigurement while others mostly children, die of injuries or infections after such attacks.

Dogs are known for using different body languages to express their behavior. Individuals who have a good understanding of a dog’s behavior may immediately anticipate and act fast. When a barking dog had its tail tucked under and its ears are pointing backward, it might show that the dog is frightened. People should know that frightened dogs may tend to attack to defend themselves. A dog can be considered playful when its tail is wagging and when its head is on the floor with its front paws are lowered pointing outwards. While dogs to be playful, there are times that they become uncontrollable and accidentally cause injury to other persons. Even considered harmless, dogs should not be provoked as they may fight back. When a dog is walking relaxed with its head and tail lowered, it might show that the dog is submissive in nature. Individuals especially children should not be frightened seeing a dog with such behavior as they might just ignore them. A dog that is staring straight to a person’s eye and showing its teeth is showing that it is planning to attack.

The CDC suggest people curl down and protect their head when attacked by a dog. Immediately seek treatment after cleaning bite wounds with soap and water. Notify local agencies regarding the incident mostly if the victim is unsure if the dog had its vaccines. Dog bite victims should note that they may get treatment funds from pet owners who caused their injuries, according to the website of the Abel Law Firm.