Living in a Beacon Hill condo means you are also neighbors with numerous dogs. Downtown Boston is home to thousands of dogs and their owners come in all different dog etiquette styles…as I’ve recently learned now that I recently sold a downtown condo who just joined dog owner’s club.

Dog Etiquette Topic #1

Dog Etiquette Topic #1 is always poop. Yep, that’s right. Poop. Most Beacon Hill condo dog owners clean up after their pets yet there are times when somebody has not picked up after their pet and even worse, the dog bag dispenser is like ten yards away. Those are the people who end up stepping in poop (or get ticketed), it’s karma.

Dog leash

Anyway, the real reason for this post is this: Do you let your dog run around off it’s leash in places clearly marked with the sign. Ever wonder what would happen to you if you got caught with your dog off a leash? I was curious and tried to find some answers and let me tell you, it was not easy and I’m still left wondering.

Unless Animal Control is monitoring the designated “dogs must be leashed” areas or a police officer is around and wanting to write you a ticket, not much can happen. Security might ask you to leash your dog, or another citizen, and complaints to Animal Control can be made by anybody willing to call and be persistent. I did read that owners of dogs off leashes Are you willing, or do you already, take that risk? The activity of your dog off that leash is the issue and let me tell you, the penalties for that are not good. At. All.

So, are you a risk taking dog owner?

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