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What are the warning signs of a dog bite or attack?

There is no denying the fact that dog is man's best friend. For many people, having a dog as a pet is a way of life.

Unfortunately, not every dog is as friendly as the next. It's important that you understand why dog bites and attacks happen.

There are many signs that a dog may be willing to bite or attack, including the following:

  • The dog deliberately gets up and moves away from a person as to create space (this is warning sign number one)
  • The dog continually turns its head away from a person
  • The dog yawns as a person gets close
  • The dog licks its lips when interacting with a person
  • The dog suddenly begins to lick, bite, or scratch itself
  • The dog begins to shake as if it's wet after a person stops making contact

If a dog exhibits any of these signs, there is a chance that it is getting ready to bite or attack. There is no guarantee that this will happen, but it's better to be safe than sorry. At this point, you should simply move to a safe place. This is particularly true if you are not familiar with the dog.

A dog attack can cause serious harm. If you or a loved one is the victim of a dog attack, don't wait to receive medical attention.

Once you receive treatment, it's time to turn your attention to your legal rights. You may come to find that you are in position to receive compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages and other damages.

Source: Doggone Safe, "Why dogs bite and how they warn us," accessed Sep. 01, 2017

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