When the time comes to take your dog out for a walk you may be inclined to let her off her leash to get out and go for a run, but this can be a fast way to put your dog in a position where she might bite someone and then you are dealing with a New Haven dog bite injury. Letting your dog off her leash is great for her to get some exercise, but it could put her in harms way if you don’t know the surroundings and aren’t sure what or who your dog will come in contact with.
There are important reasons to keep your dog on her leash at all times, even though it may seem restrictive to you, to a dog it gives structure and a sense of control that isn’t there when she is running free. You can make sure your dog is getting the most out of her time outdoors by keeping her on a leash and take her for a strenuous walk without having to put her in harms way.
Here are five reasons why you should always keep your dog on her leash.
1.) It is the neighborly thing to do. When you are walking your dog on a leash your dog will not wander into your neighbor’s yard nor will your dog approach a neighbor without being properly introduced first. The right way to introduce your dog to your neighbors is while she is leashed and can be introduced without jumping or barking at the person she is meeting.
2.) Walking your dog on her leash will keep her from sniffing or licking things that could be harmful to her health. For instance, your dog could be exposed to diseases like Parvo or Distemper just by sniffing the droppings of other animals. If she is on a leash you can keep her away from those harmful substances.
3.) Keeping your dog leashed will keep her safe from other animals and from traffic. Especially when you are walking in the city of New Haven there is so much traffic that an unleashed dog is just asking to get injured by a passing car. If you keep your dog on her leash you will be in control of where she goes and how safe she stays.
4.) If your dog is accustomed to being walked on a leash, she will look at it has a reward for good behavior and get immediately grateful anytime you pick up the leash and get ready to take her for a walk.
5.) While there is no leash law in Connecticut the dog bite laws in the state are strict liability which means that if your dog were to bite someone it does not matter if there was no ill intent on your part, you can be held liable.
Avoiding a New Haven dog bite injury is good for both you, your dog and the public at large. Keeping your dog on a leash is one of the best things you can do to prevent her from biting someone and causing you weeks if not months of headaches as well as the possibility of losing your dog. It can be tempting to keep your dog off leash, but it can also be dangerous for all parties involved.
If you find yourself in need of an attorney who has experience with dog bite injuries, you can contact our office. One of our experienced attorneys will speak with you about your situation and may determine that they can help.