Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Top 10 reasons to leash your dog

In Mesa County, dogs are required to be under leash control when not confined to their property. Exceptions can be granted by a property owner.
Here are the top 10 reasons to keep your dog on a leash when venturing outside your home or property, aimed at protecting the health and safety of the public and pets.
  1. It's a good neighbor policy, preventing your dog from trespassing on the neighbor's property during your walk. It also keeps your dog from jumping on people you encounter, ensuring that your dog has the chance of being properly introduced.
  2. Improved companionship. A well trained and leash-obedient dog is a pleasure to walk with.
  3. Walking your pet on a leash will prevent the spread of disease. It is less likely that your dog will be exposed to Parvo or Distemper. A leashed dog can be restrained from sniffing the droppings of other animals.
  4. A leash is commonly referred to as "Your Pet's Lifeline," protecting your pet from traffic and unrestrained animals. Accidents or animal bites are significantly reduced when responsible pet owners obey the leash law.
  5. An obedient and well-behaved dog is a positive reflection of its owner.
  6. Relocating your dog into another household is 100% easier if your dog is obedient and leash trained.
  7. It's a great way to reward your dog. Your dog will immediately respond with a wagging tail the moment it sees you holding the leash.
  8. It's an excellent identification tool, symbolizing that the dog has an owner, and enabling someone who sees the leash and identification tag attached to the dog's collar to find you if your pet should become separated.
  9. It's a great relief to wildlife, keeping your dog from chasing squirrels, deer, and other wildlife.
  10.  It's the law. The law is in place to protect other members of the public and your pet from injury.
Thank you for being a responsible pet owner!

This information is courtesy of The Bill Foundation.

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