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Smart Reasons for Leashing Your Dog in New Town
Posted on November 1, 2020 7:00 AM by Patti Vaticano
Categories: Life in New Town
New Town loves its pets, but they are also a frequent source of neighbor complaints – pet droppings, noise, unleashed dogs, etc. All of these situations are addressed in the NTRA Master Declaration Protective Covenants (Section 7.1(x)) and Bylaws (Section 11.1 – Animals). New Town pet owners should familiarize themselves with these requirements including those for use of the common areas in New Town.
 
In the spirit of being good pet neighbors (and avoiding all those complaints and possible penalties), here are some personal considerations for why you should keep your dog leashed and under your control.
 
  • Cars – It’s a devastating moment for all involved when a dog gets hit by a moving vehicle. Even well-behaved dogs may suddenly run in the path of a moving car or not be seen by someone backing up in a parking lot. Parking lots, sidewalks, and roadside excursions are safer with a leash. A leash is your pet’s “Life Line.”
  • Greetings and Salutations – When your pup is leashed and greets another leashed pup, the dogs are usually on good behavior. They know their people are close, and they’ll sniff to say “hi.” If there’s a hint of aggression, you can quickly pull your dog away and defuse the situation.
  • Staying Cleaner – If you’ve ever let your dog run loose in a park or other open space, only to watch in pain as they chased ducks into the muddy lake, then you know what we mean. No one really wants the extra chore of spontaneous bath time with their pooch.
  • Preventing Jumping on Others – Have you ever been at a park (not a dog park, a regular people park) and someone’s off-leash dog terrorizes a toddler eating an ice cream? It’s not that the dog is trying to scare the kid, but can you see how a 3-foot-tall person waving about a popsicle just out of reach of the dog’s face can seem like a game to the one with the wagging tail? No one is making friends with this.
  • Loss Prevention – Dogs who accompany their people on leashes are less likely to get lost. For example, you can stop your dog from chasing after a cat. They won’t go on solo exploratory missions, and you’ll know exactly where they are and what they’re doing.
  • Preventing Them from Eating Something They Shouldn’t – Garbage, offerings from strangers, and non-edibles: we all know dogs explore the world with their mouths, and some of them are very food-oriented. Eating things they shouldn’t can lead to upset tummies and worse.
  • No Accidental Puppies - Not every animal is spayed or neutered, and if a pup gets out of the house and meets up with another animal in heat, well, it doesn’t take long for new puppies to be on the way.
  • Prevents the Spread of Disease – Some dogs like to eat other animals’ “leavings,” and those can carry disease. Such dining is less likely to happen if your pet is leashed.
  • Marks Them as a Pet – Well-trained dogs are a pleasure to walk on the leash, and it identifies them as your pet. Well-behaved dogs with identification are easier to reunite if you somehow get separated.
 
Source: Courtesy of The Bill Foundation, Beverly Hills, California and The Valley West and Elk Valley Veterinary Hospital, Charleston, West Virginia.
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