Signs of Imminent BiteIf these signs occur, cease all interaction with dog,
look away and give dog the opportunity to leave, do not approach, do not make
eye contact, do not talk to the dog. If you are touching the dog, stop and move
your hands slowly away. If you are taking something from the dog, let go of it. It is better for him to keep it than for you or a child to get bitten. If you are bending over the dog, slowly straighten up and look away.
- dog freezes - becomes suddenly stiff
- dog stands with front legs splayed, head
low, looking at you
A good guide for children is that if the dog is all soft and wiggly, then he is not likely to bite. If a dog is stiff like a statue then he is dangerous.
- dog curls lip to show teeth
Teach children never to take from a dog
and if a dog steals from them to let the dog have it. They should ask
an adult to get the item back. Trade the item for a treat or another appropriate toy, or just let him keep it. Hire a professional to help you teach the dog that it is good to give things back.