If you encounter an unfamiliar dog and it is coming toward you, it is impossible to detect right away what the animal’s intentions are and whether or not it is friendly or aggressive. Being aware of the signs of aggression in dogs may help you to be more confident in the way you react to a strange dog. Your education can help you to stay safe from preventable attacks by unfamiliar animals in New Mexico. 

Aggression in dogs is not uncommon and can be a tremendous risk to you, as well as other animals if a skittish dog feels threatened and angered. Your response and the calm and control in which you react may help to diffuse the dog’s uneasiness or provide enough distraction that you can back away and get to a safe place. If you witness an aggressive dog threatening or hurting other people or animals, immediately contact 911 so professionals can come to intervene and subdue the animal. 

According to petmd.com, a dog can show aggression in many different ways including tucking its tail between its legs, staring, licking its lips and crouching. If you notice any of these behaviors, do not look at or interact with the animal at all. Slowly back away until you are a safe distance and then cautiously leave the area. Whenever an unfamiliar dog approaches you, be actively watching for signs of aggression so you can identify signs of danger and take adequate measures to protect yourself and the people around you. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.