Must my dog be on a leash when outside with us in our yard? Or only when walking?

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Old 11-14-2021, 01:26 PM
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Default Must my dog be on a leash when outside with us in our yard? Or only when walking?

Do I need to have my dog on a leash when we are out working on the yard or just when we leave our property? Someone told me today that he is supposed to be on a leash when i was out watering my plants today. I cannot find the proper ordinance to answer this.
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Old 11-14-2021, 02:05 PM
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Do I need to have my dog on a leash when we are out working on the yard or just when we leave our property? Someone told me today that he is supposed to be on a leash when i was out watering my plants today. I cannot find the proper ordinance to answer this.
wow, interesting someone would say anything to you when you are on your property. I can't answer you with the ordinance, but, the only thing is I would probably do a leash even on your property due to other animals could attack your fur baby. Coyotes, Hawkes, eagles, gators, more preditors than you think. I remember a post about a woman, didn't leash her fur baby due to early walking of her dog, 5:00 am and no one was up. however, she got the neighbors newspaper and brought it to their front door, and her dog was grabbed by a coyote and gone in a flash. Not the coyote's fault what do they know, its feeding time. Just want to add, most of my neighbors, don't leash their dog, when outside with them as they walk or tinker on their property.

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Old 11-14-2021, 02:28 PM
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Here is the ordinance...

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Old 11-14-2021, 02:38 PM
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Well, the people who used to own our home supposedly had two larger dogs that would take off and chase bike riders, and in at least one instance, biting one of the neighbors... So, it's important to be able to control your pet...
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Old 11-14-2021, 04:39 PM
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Short answer is your dog doesn’t have to be on a leash while in your yard.

We have an invisible fence, which is effective in keeping our dog in our yard. Note that if your dog leaves your yard, you’re in violation. Also, as noted above, you want to be outside with it in case a wild animal tries to take off with it.
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Old 11-14-2021, 04:56 PM
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The rules listed are for Sumter County and very involved to see/find a leash law. Sounds like as long as your dog will not leave your yard then a leash is not needed but if the dog tends to chase people or roam then a leash is needed.
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Your property means your rules.
Off your property better have on leash.
You are always liable for your pets actions
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Thank you for posting this. Found “Sec. 4-7. - Public nuisance animals” very enlightening. We have a neighbor that lets their dog just continuously bark on their lanai most morning when we are trying to have a peaceful breakfast on our lanai. They will occasionally scream “hush” but then just let it keep barking. Time to start documenting these occurrences.
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Just depends what type of dog you have and if it attacks other dogs or ignores them. I had a shiba inu that is not normally off leash, but I trained him to stay with me and he ignored other dogs and squirrels and birds. He knew the squirrels were too fast for him anyway. Some people are afraid of dogs too.
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It’s your yard, you can do what you want as long as your dog is properly trained to stay on the property. And shocking your dog when it gets to your property line is NOT properly training it.
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It’s your yard, you can do what you want as long as your dog is properly trained to stay on the property. And shocking your dog when it gets to your property line is NOT properly training it.
It only happened once. :-|
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Thank you for posting this. Found “Sec. 4-7. - Public nuisance animals” very enlightening. We have a neighbor that lets their dog just continuously bark on their lanai most morning when we are trying to have a peaceful breakfast on our lanai. They will occasionally scream “hush” but then just let it keep barking. Time to start documenting these occurrences.
Most? Breakfast? I doubt that’s going get anything done?
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One fleeting moment, passing dog barking, unaware car with animal, wild critter and your fur baby would be gone forever, not worth risk.
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Default Details on invisible fence? From where? What was theost? Thanks!!!!

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Short answer is your dog doesn’t have to be on a leash while in your yard.

We have an invisible fence, which is effective in keeping our dog in our yard. Note that if your dog leaves your yard, you’re in violation. Also, as noted above, you want to be outside with it in case a wild animal tries to take off with it.
Can I get details on invisible fence? From where? What was the approximate cost? Thanks!!!!
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