Over 4 million dog bite cases are reported each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Dogs are the most popular pets in the country and that may explain the absurdly high figures.
If you have been bitten by a dog in Las Vegas, it would be wise to understand some of the State’s pet laws, including Clark County leash law, before taking any legal steps. Just because someone’s dog bit you doesn’t mean you are automatically eligible for compensation from the owner’s insurance company. There is a substantial chance you were at fault or partly at fault for the aggression from the dog.
Why dogs bite
Often dogs will bite in self-defense of a perceived attack. Dogs can bite if they are put in stressful situations or are scared and can’t run. They can bite or show aggression if someone is seemingly threatening something that is of value to the dog, such as its puppies or its owner. Dogs may also become unusually hostile if they aren’t feeling well or have been recently hurt.
Generally, anything that makes a dog overly excited can elicit a bite, both in a friendly manner and an aggressive manner.
Preventing dog bites
Responsible pet ownership is the most effective way of preventing dog bites. While some bites are the victim’s fault, most dogs bite because of their owners’ negligence. Basic responsible dog ownerships practices include selecting the right dog breed for your family, regular exercise, spaying or neutering your dog, and proper training.
Dogs that are used to people are less likely to be aggressive towards random humans as a self-defense tactic. Dogs that are always leashed and kept away from people, on the other hand, find it hard trusting anyone who comes near them and may resort to biting even friendly people. Consider introducing your dog to other animals and people while it is still a puppy to boost its comfort levels when caught up in tense environments. Also, ensure your dog is always on leash whenever you are out in public for easier control.
Statistics show that children below 15 years are the most common victims of dog bites. Kids can easily assume a dog is friendly just because they have never seen their pet at home attack anyone. Teach your children on how to approach a dog, and when to stay away from one altogether.
Avoiding risky situations
Some dogs won’t take petting as a friendly gesture. Before approaching a dog, it is important to know if your approach is welcome by either asking the owner or studying the dog’s behavior. Generally, avoid approaching a pet that is not with their owner.
If the owner advises you against petting their dog, it would be wise to take the warning seriously. If the dog seems to be hiding, sleeping, or eating, keep a safe distance at least until they are done with what they are doing. A dog that is sick or weak due to apparent illness will likely be hostile as they may feel helpless and, consequently, paranoid.