Our trip isn't until end of June, but trying to decide if we should bring our dog on the cross-country trek. Vacation home is in North Topsail Beach, ocean-front. Our lab is under good verbal command, quite "passive" and enjoys running into water and digging the occasional hole near the surf-line.
While I would never let our dog roam freely the entire time or approach random sun worshipers, I am wondering: what is the "level of strictness" to which people here adhere to leash law?
I've read recent stories about fines being raised (which is quite reasonable). I've read that 25-foot leash (max) is required. But, in other places, I have read: "Dogs can be taken off leash when they are fetching and running in the water, but dog owners must have complete control over the animal at all times." (Is this second bit still accurate?)
Can a dog go for a swim?
Again, we will weigh any feedback carefully in our decision to bring dog or not.
Would appreciate all useful feedback from residents/experts! Thanks much!