While most dog owners insist their pet is harmless, they may not be aware of the dogs’ behavior in their absence. Unfortunately for one family in Anthem, this resulted in one of their dogs being put down and the other quarantined by the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control after they broke out of their fence and attacked an APS worker, sending him to the hospital (AZ Central 9/2/10).
It is very important to be aware of your surroundings when passing a home with a dog. Dogs are animals, and their behavior can be unpredictable, but there are some signs that you should look for to help you determine the attitude of a dog.
Some signs of dog aggression are growling, showing teeth, snapping, and biting (Humane Society 2009). Never approach a dog with which you are not familiar, even if the dog seems to be affectionate. The Humane Society says dominant dogs typically show more aggression and “can be very friendly when not challenged” (Humane Society 2009).
If you are a dog owner that keeps your dogs outside when you are not home, make sure your fences are impenetrable. Put up signs warning outsiders of the dog’s presence and if you expect anyone to visit your home while you are away, it may be a good idea to consider boarding the dog during that time.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite, there may be compensation available to you. A free consultation is available by calling us, the experienced dog bite attorneys at Breyer Law, at (602) 267-1280.