Most municipalities have leash laws and while most dog owners obey the law, many people think they don’t need to. It may be because your dog is well-behaved and easily controlled – your dog would never bite anyone so why does it need to be on a leash, right?
While that may be true, leashing your dog is about much more than how safe other people are around him. It’s also about your dog’s safety and well-being.In public places, you will encounter many kinds of people and some of them have great fear of dogs. Most dogs are naturally curious and friendly and will often approach people they aren’t familiar with in order to say hello. If your dog does this to someone with a fear of dogs, it can cause great distress and even cause that person to run without thinking into a dangerous situation. Your dog will also want to approach other dogs to say hello and those other dogs may not be friendly or safe. Remember – just because you have a friendly, well-behaved dog doesn’t mean everyone’s dog is friendly and well-behaved.
Even in your own neighborhood, though, where you know the people and animals, it’s important to restrain your dog for safety. Dogs don’t understand the danger of running into the road and they will do so to chase after another animal, a toy or if something frightens them. Most won’t stop to make sure a car isn’t coming. The only thing worse than being the person driving the car that hits and kills an animal is being that animal. As the owner, who probably loves the dog, you can avoid having to bury your previously happy, healthy pet by making sure he can’t run in front of a car.There are fines for not obeying leash laws, often enforced sporadically and inconsistently. But a few dollars to the court is the least of the bad things that can happen. Think about that the next time you think about taking your dog outside unleashed.