Know the rules and laws of your community
Your pet can't phone home if they are lost. Microchip your pet! A tiny implantation under your pet’s skin (about the size of a grain of rice) can help you locate your pet and save their life! This implantation does not track their location, but rather holds your contact information so you can be contacted once your pet is found. It can also facilitate your proof of ownership. This tiny, inexpensive device has reunited thousands of pets with their owners. These can be obtained through a veterinarian’s office, the Citrus County Animal Services shelter, The Humanitarians of Florida or through community clinics at pet stores or feed stores at a discounted price.
In Citrus County, FL there is an ordinance that prohibits persons from tethering their animal unless the person is outside with the pet at that time. You cannot be watching your tethered animal from inside the house -- you must be WITH him. If you want your dog to be with you while you do yard work that is perfectly fine but if you gone inside so should your dog. Outdoor enclosures should be 80 square feet and must contain adequate shelter such as a dog house. The area the shelter sits on cannot be counted in the 80 square feet. The enclosure must have a solid bottom and the enclosure must have at least three sides and protect the animal from the weather. There must be an adequate supply of fresh drinking water at all times.