A Leash For Your Dog
It should be that dog Leash Laws be the law of the land. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This does not mean you should take on the incredibly thoughtless and careless habit of walking your dog off leash. If you love your pet, the first thing you should consider is their own safety. Everyone thinks they have the most well-behaved dog on the planet and their dog would never dart into the street nor run after a cat passing by nor attack a stranger. Dog owners need to, for lack of a better term, wake up and smell the coffee! Dogs are unpredictable. They are animals with a natural instinct for certain behaviors. You can not LOVE the natural instinct out of your dog. Size does NOT matter here. A small dog can have just as much attitude as a large dog. Dachshunds can give as good as they get, but are at a serious physical disadvantage if attacked.
Keeping your dog under your control at all times is your responsibility. You owe it to your dog and to other dogs and humans. There are thousands of unprovoked dog attacks every year in the United States, upon humans and other animals. Most, if not all, are as a result of the dog being out the owner’s control. Under most legal systems in the United States, even if they do not have a leash law on the books, you are responsible for any damage your dog causes to another animal, another person’s property, or a person. Even if it happens on your land, in your home, and while you are present, it could still be your legal responsibility. Dachshunds are generally covered by insurance policies, but not all dog breeds have the same luck.
A leash is an inexpensive item to buy. Your dog will become accustom to wearing one if you make it a pleasant experience and use a lot of positive encouragement and a few treats. A harness leash is best for a Dachshund because of their long backs. They tend to pull, so a harness provides better control and support. If you want to take your dog off leash, go to a dog park. There, your dog can run with other dogs and the people there are fully aware that it is an off leash atmosphere. Now, this does not mean you and the other dog owners can let your dogs go wild. There is still an etiquette to be followed. Respect personal space and the rules of the park. If you have an aggressive dog, you should stay away. Of course you do not want your dog to be lonely, but you simply can not visit your dog’s dangerous behavior on other pets and their parents. Being a dog owner is not just about loving your dog, it means doing what is best for your dog, and respecting other dogs and their families. Here is a website breaking down the leash laws for the states in the Union. https://www.animallaw.info/