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As an owner, keeper, or person in charge of the dog, you have the duty to keep the dog physically confined or restrained upon the premises of your home by a leash, tether, adequate fence, supervision, or secure enclosure to prevent escape. So although the dog does not need to be leashed at all times, it needs to be confined.
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