There’s more to owning a dog than just feeding them and taking them to the veterinary clinic on a regular basis. Since dogs are extremely domesticated they don’t do well to fend on their own, and they can sometimes get themselves (and you, in the process) in trouble. From slipping out of the fence and running loose (dog at large) to biting the neighbor when they try to pet it, your dog could actually get you into legal trouble if you aren’t careful.
Before you consider buying or even adopting a dog, you need to take some time and research the laws and regulations in your area. Some places have leash laws, while other don’t. Some places even have ordinances on when you might get in trouble for your dog’s incessant barking!
What happens if your dog bites someone? Well, there are a few things that can happen, depending on where you live, who they bite, and if they are up-to-date on their vaccinations. You’re safer to teach your dog manners (it’s called obedience class and making sure you’re the alpha in their life) and keeping dogs that have shown aggression muzzled or away from people that it might bite.
If your dog bites someone that person could sue you. Your dog could be put to sleep. If your dog has not had its shot, particularly its rabies shot, and there’s any chance they might be infected, they will most definitely be put down.
Dogs bark, it’s kind of their thing. Some dogs bark more than other dogs and you can train your dog only to bark on command or when someone pulls in the driveway/knocks on the door. If you have a dog that barks all night long and is annoying neighbors, you may quickly learn about the noise ordinances in your area, whether you live in your own home in the city or you rent an apartment.
Before you go walking around town with your dog unleashed you should make sure you know the leash laws in your area. You should also make sure you know your dog. If they run off after a squirrel and get hit by a car you’re going to be distraught, and you may be liable for the damage caused to that car and driver for your negligence with your dog.
If your dog gets loose in an area where there are laws about leashes you could get ticketed for having a dog at large. That’s just one more added expense to a pet that isn’t cheap in the first place.
If your loose dog isn’t licensed you may also get a ticket for that. Find out if licensing is required where you live (it probably is) and make sure to get your dog legal. Some areas have canvassers that actually go door-to-door to check that all dogs in the area are properly licensed, and fine those that have dogs that aren’t.