P-1 talked to Cindy Bickle from the Naperville Animal Control at the Naperville (IL) PD. Cindy offers these dog aggression indicators for all dogs, not just pit bulls:
- Pepper spray or a bite stick may heighten the dog's aggression or response.
- The same goes for eye contact -- if it's a strong (temperament) breed, "staring them down" will not deter, and will likely incite.
- There may be no warning signs of an attack. Dogs won't always growel or have any discernable change in facial expression.
- Stiff legs can can indicate an Alpha dog or a strong personality.
- Tail held level or high, not tucked or in "normal" stance for that breed of dog.
- A wagging tail does NOT always mean the dog is friendly or approachable.
- When confronted by an aggressive dog, your body language IS important:
Don't run. The less movement the better. (NOTE: There are differing philosophies on this.)
- Don't yell.
- Don't flail arms.
By Michael Frazier
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — An East Meadow man unwilling to accept a ticket for an unlicensed pit bull was arrested after he sicced the dog on two officers, police said yesterday.
Pit bull shot after attacks on 2 N.Y. officers