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Idaho Dog Laws: Fido has room to run!

Do you ever wonder what Idaho law says about your dog running at large?

I always cringe when I have folks in the car showing them property and I hear “I’m so excited to be moving to the country so Fido has room to roam,” “but the property you just looked at doesn’t have a fence”, I say. “Well Fido stays home!” “Even when your gone?” “Oh yes and he’s the sweetest dog he would never hurt or bother anyone.” These are the same people who call crying 6 months later because something bad just happened to their dog.  I just wish they understood what the Idaho Code says about dog laws.

Beyond just plain good manners and being courteous to your neighbor, your dog has no business pooping on the neighbor’s lawn; getting into their garbage; chasing or harassing their livestock; or the total clincher, chasing some poor deer. Idaho law mandates that your dog is not be allowed to do any of those things and respect for your neighbors should clench that.

Here is what Idaho dog laws has to say about your free roaming dog!

Idaho Code # 25-2805  deals with:   Dogs running at large — Vicious dogs–

To summarize :  It is a misdemeanor for your dog to be any place outside of your own personal property unattended.  It can be punished with jail time and a fine as noted in section 18-113A,  of the Idaho Code.  All anyone has to do is complain to the sheriff about your dog and you can be fined.  Definitely not worth it if you ask me.  Not to mention, how much trouble he could get into if he eats something that he shouldn’t or gets hit by a car as he is crossing the street.

Other sections of this law to note is that it is also a misdemeanor to you if your dog bites anyone that is not trespassing on your property.  If you have a dog that wants to be extra protective, you certainly want to make sure that he is properly contained at all times.  I love having a protective dog that I know will take care of you in a pinch, but boy if he bites someone at the wrong time you are in deep trouble.  And also taking a chance with his life, as the courts may order him to be put down.  So tread carefully with that one.

Idaho Code # 25-2806  discusses the Liability for livestock and poultry killed by dogs.

Did you know that if your dog kills any livestock at all that is not yours that you are liable for the cost of that animal.

Now I am a farm girl and I can tell you it may be shocking to you what that goat or sheep may cost.  Even a chicken can have a $25-$35 value.  It is also legal in Idaho for that livestock owner  to go out there and shoot your dog dead while it is in the act of killing, and not only have you lost your dog but you are also still liable for everything he/she damaged.  And its pretty impressive what a dog can do when it is on a killing spree.  They’re not like a wild animal that will kill one thing and eat it.  Your dog is not hungry, he will kill for the fun and the excitement of it.  I have experienced whole flocks of chickens taken out in just a short amount of time by one dog.  If he goes after something bigger  it can get expensive quick.

Livestock and dogs don't always mix

Animals that run or bounce can entice chasing and rough play real quick that can lead to death of the animal


The next spot that he can get into trouble real quick is chasing wild game.  If your dog is caught chasing game (deer, elk, etc.)  any fish and game warden or police officer will shoot him dead on sight.  I would hate to see that happen to your beloved pet.  Your dog doesn’t know better.  They see something run or flap and its enticing and they take it.  No different then chasing the neighbors cat or getting into they’re garbage can.  They are/ can be a little opportunist when no one is looking.   He does not always know when he is in danger. Especially for a dog that has lived a city life and then all of a  sudden has all this open space and things to chase.  

It’s not only in Fido’s interest that he doesn’t run free and terrorize the neighborhood, but it is in your interest also.  Nobody wants to be breaking the law and we all like to enjoy our neighbors and not have people angry with us.  Why take the chance to have bad relations with the neighbors because you don’t want to keep your dog at home? It’s a crazy reason to have your neighbors mad at you, or you mad at them, if you’re the one getting violated.  Respect for each other and respect for each others property, keeps the neighborhood pleasant and your beloved pet safe.

For your beloved pet’s safety, please don’t let your dog run free.  Questions comments please feel free to leave some.  Or contact me here for resources  that you need when dealing with your pets here.


Athol Idaho snowy day

Gorgeous snowy day in Athol, Idaho




North Idaho Winter Survival can be quite the challenge if you aren’t ready for it and have a plan.


 Be it you live in town or out in the country here are several ideas that you are going to want to have worked out ahead of time.

1.  Where are you going to put all that snow?

Where is it easy to pile up and what do you want wet for an extended time when the spring thaw shows up? Most importantly where is it going to drain to?  Make sure you’re not putting it in the high spot in the yard where the easy path for the drainage is  your basement door.

2.  How much do you have to move?

If you live in town, your driveway and all the sidewalks are what is on your list of must do’s.  If you live in the country your going to have to ask yourself: What  space do you need to get to and what can you live with if you can’t get to it for a few months?  If its something you want to access then you’re probably are  going to want to keep up on it unless you have a big piece of machinery that can really move some snow.  In that case emergency routes and necessitates will probably cut it.

3. How physical are you?

Are you going to be able to shovel everything that you need to move or are you going to need some equipment to get the job done?  You really want to think about that as some days you might get hit with a pretty big snow and if its a warm wet snow, it will be heavy.  So make sure you’re up to the job,  and expect to have an occasional backache if your going to do a lot of shoveling.

What do you need?


1.  No matter what your choice of snow removal, you are going to need a good snow shovel.

Maybe two if your shovel isn’t in good condition or you’re an aggressive shovel-er.  They usually are no longer stocked in store’s by late winter, so if you break it, you may have to use a regular shovel. And I tell you from experience that is not the way to go.  So pay attention to the condition of your shovel, as in the winter it is a necessity.

2.  Snow Blower-

We could go on forever on what the best snow blower is.  First question: electric or gas?  It’s going to depend on how far away from the electrical source you need to blow snow;  and probably the amount of snow you are expecting.  I think either one can usually handle what shows up in town for snow.  When you hit the country most people are using gas blowers as they have longer driveways; but once again that is a judgement call of what’s going to work for you.  I can tell you from experience, if you have a lot of snow to remove: don’t skimp on the snow blower.  It does you no good if it sits with a continual broken shear pin  or better yet, if it’s built so flimsy that it actually bends its metal from the weight of the snow.  Most of the local snow blower dealer’s in the area can help you choose the right one for your situation.

3.  Tractor-

Once again we could go on and on about different brands and sizes.  I suggest that you take into consideration (if you live in the country) of all the uses you will have for a tractor, and shop accordingly.  One big thing I have learned over the years (to really take into consideration):  is the size of the tractor, and it’s turning ratio in the winter while in 4 wheel drive once you start stacking snow up.  Make sure you don’t have to hit the barn to get out of a spot.   So if you think you need a big one, make sure that it will be able to navigate between building’s and fence’s when you have snow stacked.  And if you’re thinking about a little one, make sure that what you’re asking it to do, it’s capable of.  A break down in the winter can be a huge disaster.  A set of chains for it is also a really good investment, and if you have a lot to do they  are a  must once the ground gets icy.

Tractor implements: what do you need?

A big bucket and a snow blower are probably the best set up.  I have a long driveway and I use a snow blade on the front of my 43hp tractor.  My driveway is long and the bucket is small, but you will definitely want to take into consideration how you want to get the job done.  Once again: it’s all in the planning.  In our area, it seems like tractor snow blower’s sell out early in the season, so if you change your mind mid-season it may be too late.  I have found when I have gone down to the tractor store for implements (especially for anything to move snow)  that most times you are several months out before it arrives.  If you think you’re going to want a snow blower next winter, I highly recommend that you be thinking about it in May and June and get your order in.
I hope this gives you some good ideas.  Dealing with the winters in North Idaho can be a source of fun if the preparation is done before hand and you have a good plan of attack.

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