HRM Dogs In The News
Looks like Halifax Councillor Reg Rankin plans to raise the issue of expandable/retractable leashes at the next community council meeting.
One Halifax councillor thinks when it comes to dogs, short leashes may be the way to go.
A Halifax councillor says it’s time to review the city’s animal control bylaws.
Reg Rankin says he’s been getting complaints from homeowners in the Clayton Park area about expandable leashes that allow dogs to walk a considerable distance away from their owners.
Rankin said those types of leash can cause a couple of problems.
“The length of the leash allowed dogs to go to further into private yards and defecate and then leave the stuff behind. Also, if it’s too long it allows an unruly dog to be more free to lunge at a person,” he said.
Other municipalities in Canada and the United States have placed limits on the length of a leash.
My family has always referred to retractable leashes as ‘fishing leashes.’ The motion of leaning forward, click to lock, and pulling dog back with your body weight (repeat as required) has always reminded me of deep sea fishing. Pulling a Husky back one click at a time (I have been there) with these leashes is not unlike reeling in a marlin.
My thought on the topic? When it comes to walking a dog on city sidewalks I am not sure why owners would want their pets more than a few feet away from them. Bicycles, strollers, crosswalks, parking cars, hidden driveways… personally I want my dogs at my side or very near to. But that is just my opinion.
What do you think?