You’re an animal lover and you have pets of your own. You’re also not phased by saying hello to dogs that belong to other people.
While there is nothing wrong with this as such, it is important to exercise caution. Not all dogs are friendly or interested in saying hello to strangers. In fact, many are fearful of other people.
A dog is most likely to bite when it feels backed into a corner. Outlined below are a few signs that a dog is scared of you.
Does it cower away?
You’ve approached the dog slowly to say hello and it has backed away from you. At this point, you shouldn’t pursue the dog any further. Cowering away is a sign that your presence is making the dog feel unsafe. It could potentially bite you if you continue to press forward.
You may also notice that the dog is shaking or trembling. You might feel sorry for it at this point and continue to try and give it some attention. Nonetheless, it’s important to remember that trembling is a sign of fear and what the dog may actually want is for you to back away.
What are the more subtle signs of danger?
It takes years to study animal body language and behavior, and it isn’t obvious knowing when a dog might attack. There are a few more subtle signs other than those previously mentioned. If the dog is panting, it might be stressed out and overwhelmed by the current situation. Surprisingly, dogs also sweat, so be sure to back away if you see signs of wet paw prints on the ground.
The overwhelming majority of dogs are friendly and unlikely to attack. However, it’s always best to exercise caution. If you have been bitten, then at least some of the responsibility falls on the owner. You may be entitled to pursue legal compensation if you have been injured and the dog’s owners were negligent.