Each year, 4.5 million people (adults and children) are bit by dogs. Many dog bites can be prevented by learning the body language and physical signs of fear or anxiety dogs display.
Einhorn Insurance specializes in dog liability insurance for all dog breeds. We have spoken with many people who need insurance because their dog has either bitten a person, other dog, or animal. In speaking with the owners of these dogs, we’ve learned there are several things that cause a dog to bite.
Many dogs bite because they are scared of a person, other animal, or are uncomfortable in their environment.
Dr. Sophia Yin, DMV has a great video on signs to look for to avoid getting bit by a dog. This video illustrates why so many people are bitten by dogs every year. In this animation, a child approaches a dog even when the dog shows signs of fear.
Dr. Yin says it’s important to realize that even highly trained, calm, well-behaved dogs can be fearful of both children and unfamiliar adults. Even if they have never bitten before, if cornered or if they feel they can’t escape they can learn to attack in order to defend themselves.
Click signs of fear in dogs, to see great cartoon images that show both obvious and less obvious signs of fear and anxiety in dogs.
Here are some things to watch out for to see if a dog is scared or anxious:
– Slight or major cowering
– Licking their lips when no food is near by
– Panting when it’s not hot or if they aren’t thirsty
– Brows are furrowed and ears are to the side
– Moving in slow motion or walking slow on the floor
– Acting Sleepy or Yawning when they shouldn’t be tired.
– Hypervigilant (looking in many directions)
– Suddenly won’t eat when they were hungry earlier
– Moving away
– Tail tucked between their legs
For more information on animal behavior visit www.drsophiayin.com.
If you are interested in dog liability insurance, contact Einhorn Insurance at 858-336-4644, Agent@EinhornInsurance.com or visit https://einhorninsurance.com/dangerous-dog-liability-insurance/.
Einhorn Insurance helps responsible dog owner get home, condo, renter and liability insurance to cover all dog breeds*. Even if your dog has a bite history, a history of aggression or has been deemed dangerous or potentially dangerous, we can help.
Einhorn Insurance can even help you with great rates on health insurance for your dog or health insurance for your cat. https://einhorninsurance.com/pet-health-insurance/
*Dog liability coverage may need to be a separate, stand alone policy in some states and for certain situations.