7 Signs A Dog Might Bite And How To Stop It!


Last Updated on June 4, 2020

© The Spruce Pets

The common phrase of “Barking dogs don’t bite” might be right to some extent, but does this mean all quiet dogs are automatically more prone to bite you? Or that dogs who bark won’t bite you at all? We think otherwise.

There are many causes of aggression in dogs. From health problems to animal abuse or traumatic experiences, these are some of the main things that can change your dog behavior from good to bad very quickly.

If you’re a dog owner that’s looking on how to prevent dog biting or if you’re just curious about what dogs you should approach on the streets without worrying about getting bitten, keep reading to find out more!

1. Having A Wagging Tail

We always heard that tail wagging is a sign of happiness or excitement, but unfortunately, that might not always be the case.

Just like cats and many other animals, dogs tend to use their tales in many ways, side to side, up and down, and in many different rhythms.

And of course, these variations mean something.

A scared dog will have his tail down, almost being swallowed by their legs. A happy dog will have his tail upwards and in a curvy shape. A dog who’s ready to fight will most likely wag their tail upwards, but very rigidly and fast.

2. Possessing A Stiff Posture

The dog body language is not that different from the human one.

When we’re feeling happy and excited, our body tends to flow naturally, our arms move freely, and so does our body. However, when we feel scared or angry, we tend to slow down, have more control over our movements, and overall looking very stiff.

The same goes for an angry dog. They get super stiff, with their ears and tail upwards.

You can see this by their stance and especially when you first touch them.

If you decide to touch a dog and his body completely freezes, you should get away as soon as possible to avoid a likely aggressive behavior from the dog.