There are not bad dogs, but bad owners.
I own dogs, they walk on a leash off our property, come to heal when ever strangers approach us on the beach and never charge or approach walkers, bikes or bad people that smell. It is our responsibility as owners to lessen the impact of our decision to own animals for the sake of our neighbors and community. I would not be amused if any strange dog approached me to smell the contents of my pockets. I would wonder why the dog was not contained it it's yard. I would be upset that the owner was setting a bad example and others would judge me, as a dog owner, by these actions. I would be worried for the dogs getting blamed for the lack of training and being subject to harm because of this. Please help be part of the solution. Spay/Neuter your pet. Train your dog. Keep them contained in your yard. Control their barking. When in public keep your dog on a leash, don't allow them to approach strangers and scoop your poop.
It is not a dog's job to guard the beach, but to protect it's owner and property. On it's property. Dogs can be trained not to run on the beach or sniff strangers pockets uninvited. If you have failed and need help call Pampered Paws, they can help you train your dogs. If still training does not work, contain the dog in your yard by humane long rope or fence. It is the law. Here is a summary of Belize Dog Laws Chap 153 Prohibition on allowing dogs to be at large-
-Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, no owner of a dog shall permit that dog to be at large in any street or place of public resort in any town and any person who contravenes this section is guilty of an offence and is, on summary conviction, liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars $100BZ. Power to seize dogs in certain cases.-
-That dog may be seized by any police officer or dog catcher and the owner of the dog shall in cases (a), (b) and (c) be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty-five dollars: $25 BZ. Provided that a person shall not be convicted under paragraph (a) if he proves that no licence is required in respect of the dog.
- Whenever a dog is seen in a town, on a highway or in a place of public resort in any of the following cases-
- (a)not having a collar with a licensing badge for the current year attached thereto; or
- (b)Dogs appearing to be a stray or ownerless dog; or
- (c)being a bitch in heat and being neither led nor carried; or
- (d)suffering from any contagious disease and not being carried; or
- (e)suffering from any disease or injury which causes pain to the dog and being neither led nor carried, Power of magistrate to fine or order destruction of dogs.
- Whenever it appears to a magistrate on complaint being made to him under the Summary Jurisdiction Acts, that a dog is vicious or savage, whether to animals or human beings, or likely to spread any disease or, by reason of its habit of persistent barking or for any other reason, is a nuisance, the magistrate may order the owner of the dog to keep it under proper control or in such a manner that it shall not be a nuisance, or may order the owner to destroy the dog.
- Every person who fails to comply with such order shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding ten dollars $10BZ for each day or part of a day during which the order has not been complied with.