City of Secrets hint needed for complete novice, please?

My 6 year old and I are on level three of COS. We see the dogs footprints and are assuming the jail is to the left of them but can not figure out how to move further in that direction. Any help would be so appreciated! Thank you!

Welcome! Just to clear up some almost inevitable confusion before it begins: you are probably talking about the graphical adventure game City of Secrets, which is not the same as Emily Short’s interactive fiction game City of Secrets. This being an interactive fiction forum, a lot of people here will know the second game, but I’m not sure many people will know the first. You will probably have a better chance of success here.