There’s a popular saying that goes, “Don’t kill the messenger.” This is usually taken to mean that, if someone brings you bad news, don’t take it out on them. But what if the messenger is your dog? And what if the message is that he’s secretly planning to kill you?
It may sound far-fetched, but it’s not as implausible as you might think. Dogs are, after all, carnivores. And while they may have been domesticated for thousands of years, they still have the instincts and the teeth to kill.
So, what are the warning signs that your dog is secretly plotting to off you?
1. He Gives You the Stink Eye
Dogs communicate a lot with their eyes. And if your dog is giving you a hard stare, it could be a sign that he’s planning to kill you.
When dogs stare at us, they’re trying to communicate something. It could be that they’re hungry, or they want to go for a walk. But it could also be that they’re angry or threatened.
If your dog is giving you a hard stare, combined with other aggressive behaviors, it’s likely that he’s feeling threatened by you and is considering attacking.
2. He’s Growling or Snarling at You
Growling and snarling are other signs that your dog is feeling threatened and could be planning to attack.
Dogs will usually only growl or snarl at people they perceive to be a threat. So, if your dog is doing this to you, it’s a sign that he’s feeling very threatened or even scared.
3. He’s Showing His Teeth
Dogs only show their teeth when they’re feeling aggressive. So, if your dog is baring his teeth at you, it’s a sure sign that he’s planning to attack.
4. He’s Hackles Are Up
Another sign that your dog is feeling threatened is if his hackles are up. This is the hair on the back of his neck that stands up when he’s feeling scared or aggressive.
5. He’s Lunging at You
Lunging at you is another aggressive behavior that indicates your dog is planning to attack. If your dog is doing this, he’s trying to scare you off or physically harm you.
6. He’s Biting You
Biting is the most obvious sign that your dog is planning to kill you. If your dog is biting you, he’s definitely feeling aggressive and is trying to harm you.
So, if you see any of these warning signs, it’s important to stay calm and avoid making any sudden movements. If possible, try to put something between you and your dog, like a chair or a door. And, if your dog does attack, try to protect your head and neck as much as possible.