When it comes to the ownership of dogs, and just about any kind of other pet, there will be certain regulations in place that are meant to not only protect the dogs themselves, but the community as a whole. Dog laws exist to control dogs from causing any harm to other people, property, or even other dogs.
Dog laws essentially make the owners of these dogs responsible and liable for the actions of their dogs. However, dog laws also exist to protect the health of dogs as well, requiring that their owners take the necessary steps in providing care for their pets.
Typically speaking, dog laws are imposed on the local level, though there are also more encompassing state laws and regulations in place. Therefore, each state and local jurisdiction will have its own dog laws in place. Examples of typical dog laws are in regard to leash laws, dog barking ordinances, vaccinations, dog registration, dangerous dog laws, and general health issues.