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How Does An Angry or Aggressive Dog Look Like According To Kids

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How does an angry dog look like according to kids?

When a dog is acting aggressive or angry his tail wouldn’t be wagging. His ears would be back and flat against his head. He might also growl. An Angry dog starts barking, ears go up and the hair on the back stand up. Don’t pet angry dogs.


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How to tell if a dog is being aggressive:

  • Body leaning forward
  • Tense mouth
  • Lips pushed forward and vibrating as the dog growls
  • Air snapping – the dog snaps in the air to warn something to back away
  • Snapping with skin contact – also a warning to back away
  • Fast nip – an immediate bite and release with bruising or slight wound, telling a threat to back off
  • Deeper bite – a dog that bites with more intensity is intending to harm
  • Bite and hold – intent to harm
  • Bite, hold, and shake – intent to harm and potential to kill. Some dogs will bite, hold, shake, and disembowel stuffed toys, simulating the killing of prey; while this is prevalent among dogs with high prey drive, even dogs with low drive can indulge in the behavior of this type. If your dog likes to disembowel stuffed toys, this doesn’t mean he wants to do the same with people or other animals. Sadie loves to disembowel toys, but she is incredibly gentle with people, especially children.
  • Wagging tail – again, a wagging tail does not always mean a happy dog
  • Hard, staring eyes

How to teach your child to recognize a dog that is not friendly?

Children are number one victim of dog bites! When a dog thinks that he or she needs to defend themselves from a perceived threat, he will display certain behaviors that are meant to tell you or your child to back off. If your child continues to be around the dog, the dog can and probably will bite.

You can help prevent dog bites by helping your child better read and understand body language.

It is also important to never leave a child unsupervised with a dog. Anything can happen, including accidents. Even the most well-behaved dogs can do a warning bite that can do a lot of damage to your child. Please keep your kids and dogs safe by supervising at all times and helping your child understand how to be around dogs and help your dog be better around your child. Play some games with them both and encourage your child to participate in training with your dog.