I would love it if every child and adult learned enough about canine body language to dramatically decrease bites. But let’s face it. It ain’t gonna happen.
No matter how many PSAs or blog posts abound, people will continue to miss signals that a dog is stressed and may bite.
It’s up to us.
We need to supervise our dogs in every encounter with other people. And we need to step in when we see warning signs of potential problems with other people’s dogs.
Why? Because we’re the ones who love dogs enough to want to keep them from taking actions that will harm others or themselves.
Here are two videos that demonstrate signs of stress in a dog that could lead to a bite. The first has wonderful Lili Chen illustrations. The second has a breakdown of the behavior of two dogs describing the actions leading up to aggression.
Watch and learn.[Spoiler Alert: the animated video is actually the more violent of the two. No one gets bitten in the live-action video.]
Do you worry about your dog biting? How do you manage interactions with strange people to prevent stressing your dog?