More than 4.5 million people in the United States suffer from dog bites every year. While children and senior citizens are the most common victims of dog bites, people of all age groups are at risk for a dog bite injury — even from a dog with which you are familiar.
There are a number of different ways to help avoid a dog bite injury and a , such as properly training your dog and educating children on how best to approach a dog — but accidents still happen. The best way to predict a dog bite situation is to keep an eye out for aggressive dog behavior, and watch for the telltale signs of dog body language.
The following is a guide to understanding threatening dog body language. If you see any of these signs, slowly back away from the dog in question.