Here are the problems that you will encounter while trying to argue your , "best behaved dog ever, argument"! You are not helping your pooch at all! What you are doing is jeopardizing, your own dogs safety, Jeopardizing your bank account (it will cost you money, each time your dog is seen running loose), and eventually, lose of your dog! And thats hardly fair to the pooch! are just being dogs; even when they chew up the little dog down the street that is on the end of a leash already. At this point, you are apt to lose your dog, and pay all the Veterinary bills, that can reach the $5000 range! That is because you decided to toss the dice and see if your own baby would listen when you called him, or perhaps, this time, instinct would play a larger role then before! Its just not worth it!
Arizona Dog Leash Laws
In Arizona, your dog should be on a leash at all times. No dog shall be permitted at large. Dog owners are often unaware of the Arizona laws that require taking proper measures to restrain your pet to protect others from potential harm that can arise out of your dog’s actions. Below are the basic of Arizona Dog Leash Laws.
The Basics of Arizona Dog Leash Law
Each dog should be confined with an enclosure on the owner’s property, so that the dog is confined entirely to the owner’s property, or on a leash not to exceed six feet in length, directly under the owner’s control when not on the owner’s property.
Exceptions to Arizona Dog Leash Law
However, the requirement that your dog be restrained by a leash or other means does not apply to a park, or an area within a park, that is designated by the Director of the Parks and Recreation Board as a dog park. However, the owner must remain in control of the dog.
So here are 5 reasons you should obey the leash laws:
It might be tempting to let your dog run loose in the woods. But you can’t tell what’s ahead on the trail – or who might be just around the corner. (photo copyright 2012 Joanne Brokaw)
1) It’s the law. At the risk of stating what should be obvious, if there’s a law in your town that your dog must be leashed (and under your control, not one or the other), put the leash on the dog. So what if you think the chances are slim that you’ll meet anyone in the woods? Does that mean you have the right to break the law, just because no one is looking?
2) When your dog is under your control – meaning you have him on a leash – he’s less likely to get into something he’s not supposed to. Off leash and romping unfettered through the nature park, he may eat something he’s not supposed to, step in a bee hive, fall into a hole, drink from a polluted puddle of standing water, eat a dead animal. There’s often glass, stray food, or other remnants of late night parties off the path that could be dangerous for Fido. And what happens if he’s roaming free and encounters a wild animal, like a skunk? For your dog’s sake, keep him with you and under your control.
3) Just because your dog is friendly doesn’t mean every dog is friendly. The woods on a midweek afternoon is the perfect place to exercise a dog who may not like other dogs. Not all dogs do well in puppy play groups or on pack walks, and that doesn’t make them bad dogs. Some of them just need to walk alone. If this woman’s German Shepherd had charged at a dog with that mindset, they could have had a dog fight on their hands. And regardless of who was at fault (in this situation, the other woman), both dogs and owners could have been injured.
4) Not everyone you meet on the trail is physically able to withstand a dog jumping on them, even a nice dog. What if the German Shepherd had charged at a family with children? There could have been a dog bite, scratches, or even injury from the dog knocking down a child. How about someone elderly? I can’t tell you the number of older people I see out walking in the parks, especially in a park like this one, with wide paths clear of brush and covered with a soft layer of wood chips.
5) People have the right to walk in a public park without being confronted by loose dogs. In contrast, dog owners do not have the right to let their dogs run loose in the park. There are dog parks locally where dogs can play off leash and there are any number of facilities that have dogie play groups. But just because there are dozens of acres of nature trails available doesn’t mean you get to break the law and let your dog run loose.
I know, I know. Every dog owner thinks their dog is the friendliest, greatest dog in the world, and that everyone else should love their dog the way they do. But as a dog owner, let me let you in on a little secret: I don’t like your dog. In fact, I’m a little afraid of other people’s dogs. And I say that as someone active in the animal rescue community. But I don’t want your strange dog jumping on me, running at me, or otherwise interacting with me without my permission.
Being a responsible dog owner is than just feeding Fido a grain-free diet or buying the latest, trendy toys or debating the merits of positive training methods. If you can’t own a dog and also obey the law, maybe you should get a hamster.
There I got that off my chest! So be safe with all of your animals, and do the right thing! Just care for them, love them, and don't put them in a situation where they will be lost to you and your family, or worse yet; suffer a terrible injury, or hurt a child, or... Just, Do The Right Thing!