Photo courtesy of DogTime Media
We all know that dogs do bite occasionally, and probably each of us knows someone who's been bitten by a dog. But we're guessing that most of us are clueless (O.K. Parental Unit is only speaking for herself) about the warning signs dogs engage in before they bite. This super informative article from our friends at DogTime Media is blunt: You humans can be oblivious to dog language, and that lack of knowledge and failure to supervise your dog, particularly around babies and children, can be tragic. It's also darn important to supervise your children around any dog your child encounters, no matter how loudly the owner claims her pooch is "child friendly".
For example, did you know that when a dog repeatedly licks his lips or yawns that indicates a warning from your dog that he is uncomfortable with what's going on? According to this article, a dog licking his lips is "dog speak" for "Please stop, I am uncomfortable". How many of us actually watch our dogs closely enough to pick up on that warning behavior? Definitely not Parental Unit! But she's learning to watch both Bella and me a bit more closely in an attempt to understand our language.
How about you? Let us know if you can tell when a dog is poised to bite.