a pet's life magazine WINTER 2020 - Page 28

PROTECTING OUR FRIENDS 5 Common Questions About Leash Laws M any dog owners are unaware that there are leash laws which require dogs to be leashed in public for the safety of both animals and people. Here are five questions you may have about leashing up: 1. If I know my dog will stay by my side, can I skip the leash? Your dog may be the best- behaved dog in the world, but an off-leash dog can make other people and animals uncomfortable. This can even put your dog in danger. Leashes prevent bites and fights, and they show your respect for other pets, people and wildlife. 2. Isn’t this law more of a suggestion, like jaywalking? San Diego Humane Society and other local law enforcement respond to calls daily about dogs running loose and patrol areas to ensure that dogs are on leashes. Often they will educate about what a difference it makes for everyone’s safety. In addition to keeping dogs safe, leashes help owners control where their dogs go potty and make it easy to scoop. Leashes can be up to 6 feet in length. 28 apetslifemagazine.com | WINTER 2020