Often, dog attacks in Maryland seem as if they come out of nowhere, with victims never realizing they are in danger until it is too late. And while many dog attacks give little time for a victim to react and prevent injury, there are many signs that all Maryland residents should be aware of in order to stay safe.
By knowing the common signs of aggression in canines, dog bites can be prevented and serious injuries can be spared. But what are the signs of a potentially dangerous dog?
- Facial Expression: Some of the most obvious signs include growling, barking, curled lips, and snapping. These show that a dog is on the offensive and is agitated.
- Posture: Dogs often prepare themselves for attack by pinning their ears back, tensing up, and standing their ground if approached. A friendly dog acts very differently than an aggressive one, so always be aware of a dog’s demeanor as well as any sudden or slow changes in their attitude.
- Circumstances: Pay attention to the situation in which you are encountering a dog. While it varies from breed to breed and even for individual dogs, canines are protective of what they see as theirs. This can include puppies, food, owners, and property. Should a dog feel that any of these are threatened by you, they may attack.
- Aggravating Factors: Even the nicest of animals can become aggressive under certain circumstances. Being injured, eating, sickened, woken up suddenly, and even growing old can make a dog more aggressive.
- Your Identity: Strangers are in more consistent danger from a dog, as they are unknown to the animal and are more likely to make them defensive. Also, be aware of anything you may be doing that is upsetting to the animal. However, even well-loved family members may be attacked in certain situations.
A St. Mary’s County dog bite victim attorney with Alpert Schreyer can give you the representation you need to hold a dog’s owner at fault for an attack and find you the financial compensation needed for your losses. To learn more about how we can help you in your case, call (844) 632-7274.