Walk your Dog on a Leash
Many dog owners are unaware of the possible dangers that await their unsupervised dog. Caring for your dog should be just the same as you would for your toddler. Would you let your toddler play outside without adult supervision? Then you shouldn’t leave your dog unsupervised as well.
Most dog owners are not aware that if a dog was to consume rotting garbage, he could go into shock and it could even be fatal. Another common danger that goes unrecognized is that if a dog is left wandering in the woods, and was to ingest or play with small prey that is carrying parasites (such as a rabbit), he too may than become infected. Additionally, there are many dangers on your own property that can harm your dog, such as antifreeze on your driveway or different shrubs, possibly even toxic shrubs in your backyard. A leash is the single most effective way to protect your dog from the many dangers the outside world can hold.
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By keeping your dog on a leash you are also being a good neighbor. Your neighbors may not be fond of you or your dog if he goes digging holes in their lawn or leaving “piles” on his lawn. Allowing your dog to roam without a leash, even within your own development, can also put your dog’s health at risk. I am sure you wouldn’t want him to be hit by a car or on a lawn that has fresh pesticides on it. Additionally, if you have a homeowners association, you could possibly be fined and/or asked to remove your dog if a leash law is in effect and you are caught breaking the rules. In many different states you can receive a fine for an unleashed dog by your county and/or city.
Another very important thing to take into account is in most states you can be held legally and monetarily responsible if your dog were to bite someone. There have been many cases of dog bits that have resulted in the dog owner being forced to have their dog put to sleep. As you can see there are several very good reasons you should keep your dog on a lease and reduce the risks of accidents.
In closing, being a dog owner is just as important as being a parent. Your dog must be supervised at all times. He needs you to keep him away from potential hazards and dangers, and above all, to keep him safe. Keeping your dog on a leash is a sign of your love for him and will help spare you, your family and your dog from any potential harm. After all dogs love attention! Having him walk side by side with you is the affection he needs and craves. For the love of your dog, put a leash on him!
*Please Note: The information provided above is solely for the purpose of informing and educating our visitors and should not be used to replace the advice or care of a professional, qualified veterinarian.*