Dog owners will soon have to remove the tape measure before walking the puppy.
New road regulations in some parts of the UK mean hounds cannot walk on conductors longer than a meter – with a £1,000 fine if people get it wrong.
The requirement applies to anyone walking by the roadside and on bike paths in Devon’s Teignbridge district from the end of March.
But other local authorities may soon follow suit.
It forms part of a new public space protection order (PSPO) agreed to by councilmembers, halving the current two-meter rule.
Officials hope it will “reduce irresponsible dog ownership and make the area cleaner and greener.”
However, it only concerns highways and bike paths, not parks or beaches.
Those whose leads do not meet the one meter requirement face an on-the-spot fine of £100.
But this could go up to £1,000 if the owner is prosecuted.
Coun Alistair Dewhirst said of the PSPO, first introduced in 2019: “I think it has worked well so far and we want it to continue.
“It’s made a huge difference in our area, and I know that’s what fills all of our inboxes, the problem with dog abuse in our community.”
Coun John Nutley praised environmental stewards who enforced the rules, saying they had “made a big impact”.
Across the UK, dog owners are required to keep their dogs on short, fixed length leashes – two meters or less – in “certain circumstances” under the Rural and Road Rights Act five. 2000.
But many councils have taken the decision to reduce this number to 1.5 meters.
The state of South Tyneside said dogs must be kept on leashes of such length in a park and all cemeteries across the area to “reduce the risk of illness without the owner’s knowledge”.
And in Hartlepool, the maximum length of dog leashes is limited to 1.5 meters in all cemeteries.
Elsewhere, dogs must be walked no longer than two meters in all areas of Haringey, North London.
And where it is required in West Cheshire and Chester, it must also be a maximum of two meters long.
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