In off-leash areas, keep your dog under voice command

Dog and bird in water

Many of California’s beautiful trails and beaches have off-leash areas for dogs. This is a treat for pups, and a privilege that people need to protect. Being responsible with an off-leash dog means keeping that furry friend in your line of sight at all times. Make sure dogs respond to your voice commands, as well. Leash up when moving from open spaces to single-track trails. This protects you and your dog, plus any mountain bikers or horseback riders who might be sharing the path.

California’s scenic landscapes include rocky riverbanks and steep coastal cliffs. Take extra care and keep canines leashed in these areas. Dogs don’t always recognize danger, and we lose a number of them to falls each year.