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How can an angry dog harm you?

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2023 | Personal Injury |

As you interact with people’s pets and other random animals, you may not think about what would happen if they suddenly got angry. A territorial or annoyed dog may leave you with a severe bite.

Even after getting a bite, knowing more about the way an angry dog attacks people can help you understand why it happened.

Appearing unaggressive

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, dogs may not immediately bark at you if they feel upset or feeling territorial. Instead, they may stand still and just become rigid.

At first glance, these movements can seem like these animals will not bite you. However, they may later escalate the aggression in their interactions.

Acting in a confusing way

Dogs may appear playful if they come up and nip at your hands or legs before running away. This kind of interaction can confuse you since the dog does not immediately try to latch on while biting.

Instead, they may bare their teeth without necessarily trying to harm you at first. The dog’s owner may wrongly encourage you to play in some cases, thinking that their pet is friendly.

Moving quickly

When the dog does decide to bite, you may not have much warning. Some dogs may bite and latch on, while others may bite multiple times while near you.

Just like many other serious injuries, dog bites can leave you with serious physical damage and the potential for infection. Knowing more about how aggressive and angry dogs can harm you is key.