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Do dog walkers need a license?

Yes. You must obtain state or local government licenses (state and county dog license is required for all dogs in any county in the U.S.) for your pet (see below). All dogs that reside in public parks and on city streets (including city parks and beach parks) must be on a leash when off their owners’ property. Owners must supervise their dogs in and around parks.

Can I leash my puppy or pet outside my home with my dog?

Yes! Larger dogs can be left outside without a leash on sidewalks with the owner present. Dogs that are out of kennels or cages are required to be leashed in a manner consistent with their size and breed. Larger dogs may also be leashed on public sidewalks, sidewalks where dogs can enter on their own (eg. roads), and walkways. Dogs must be off their owners for a minimum of three hours to be considered licensed for these activities.

Is there a leash law for dogs on city streets or sidewalks?

Yes there is – in addition to laws, the city also implements specific leash restrictions for owners of dogs at designated dog walkers’ stations (which are generally found in the back yards of city parks, beach parks and on city streets). This also applies to other small dog dogs that live in the city, such as guide dogs. The city has adopted a “no-lead” policy, meaning that all dogs must be led home at all times.

What should I do if my dog does not obey commands?

Most dogs are generally obedient, but you can have a dog that is not!

Try to establish a leash for your dog with a person you will let go of your dog frequently. You may want to set up small steps or benches along your dog’s path and let it “walk in front” of you as it walks. You can use a ball (or similar toy) or a chew toy as a leash, and then hold on tight.

You can take the dog out at the end of the day, but if that doesn’t work it is best to let the dog out regularly when you leave for a day or so.

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If you know the dog won’t be on a leash, you are free to go ahead and leave the pet alone in that area. If you know the dog won’t be able to lead the dog safely in the direction you’re going (or safely around small children), you should use another method. In our opinion the