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What are some signs of dog aggression?

While it can occur rarely and/or unexpectedly in an animal, dog aggression is a serious behavioral issue that can have tragic consequences. If you or a loved one were involved in a dog attack incident, it may be necessary to determine whether the animal in question has ever illustrated aggressive behavior before. After all, there are several forms and signs of aggression that can be identified by dog owners before they ever lead to an attack.

According to the ASPCA, dog aggression can be caused by a large number of behavioral and environmental factors. Signs and symptoms of aggression vary as widely as the causes, but can be accurately identified in many cases. Too often, pet owners fail to notice the warning signs that their dog is offering, and subsequently fail to prevent painful dog bite incidents from occurring.

It is important to note that individual dogs may show signs of aggression differently. While dogs can exhibit aggressive actions in unique sequences, however, there are several behaviors that are consistently characterized as aggressive across all dog breeds and sizes. For instance, dogs often use guttural throat barking to warn off anything they feel is threatening. Another sign of aggression that many pet owners either condone or fail to recognize is mouthing. In fact, sometimes mouthing is misinterpreted as play behavior.

It is ultimately the responsibility of dog owners to protect themselves, their animals and other people from aggressive and potentially harmful behavior. Depending on the circumstances of your particular dog bite incident, your injuries may have been prevented. Keep in mind, though, that the information provided here may not be relevant to your case and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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