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31 Oct 2017


  • POSTED BY : TheWeinbergerLawFirm
  • CATEGORIES : Dog Bites
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For the millions of dog owners in America, a dog serves not only as a companion but could also provide security and emotional support. Unfortunately however, dog aggression could lead to serious injuries if a victim is bit. Understanding dog aggression is important for both dog owners and non-dog owners. If you’ve been attacked by a dog, contact a personal injury attorney who can evaluate your case with you and determine your best course of action.

What is Aggression?

There are several types of aggression such as:

  • Play-escalation
  • Frustrated
  • Resource guarding
  • Territorial
  • Pain-induced
  • Fear-related
  • Social status
  • Intra-sex
  • Hormonally driven
  • Medication-induced
  • Health related
  • Learned behavior

Aggression is defined as the threat of harm to another individual involving snarling, growling, snapping, biting, barking, or lunging. The most common reason for aggression is fear but other factors can contribute to it. Understanding what aggression is and what causes it can help treat it and make society safer for everyone.

It is important to understand how a combination of the environment and hormones can affect the behavior of a dog. Hormonally driven aggression is usually caused by a female dog being in season. It can involve males fighting due to the presence of a female in heat or the female herself fighting with other dogs of either sex. Aggression in female dogs during their heat is a common complaint and it’s important dog owners take every precaution possible to avoid aggression.

Keep in mind that female dogs go into heat for a few weeks twice a year which is a considerable length of time. Identify the triggers that induce aggression and isolate her from those triggers, especially if children are involved. If you don’t plan on breeding her, having her spayed will be helpful in eliminating the aggression.

Symptoms of Aggressive Dogs

Dog aggression should never be taken lightly. If you suspect your dog to be aggressive, keep an eye out for some of these symptoms:

  • Excessive barking
  • Growling
  • Overprotectiveness of possessions
  • Fearfulness in new situations or around strangers
  • Severe attacks on other animals such as cats
  • Attempts to mount people’s legs
  • Frequent attempts to chase moving objects such as bikes
  • Repeated escapes from home

Remember that dog owners have a responsibility to make sure their dogs are safe enough to be around other people. If you or someone you know has been attacked by a dog, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as the dog owner could be held liable.

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