This article was originally written for Southern California communities, but is
applicable throughout most communities in the country. Virtually every
community has a leash law. The law requires that dogs be kept on a leash at all
times when on public property. While on private property, dogs must be under
control of their owners. The intent of the law is to protect the health and safety of
the public and to protect your pet. The use of a leash will benefit you, your
neighborhood, and your pet. There are many good reasons to keep your dog on
a leash.
1. It’s a great good neighbor policy, preventing your dog from trespassing on
the neighbor’s property during your walk. It also keeps your dog from
jumping on people you encounter, ensuring that your dog has the chance
of being properly introduced.
2. Improved companionship. A well trained and leash-obedient dog is a
pleasure to walk with.
3. Walking your pet on a leash will prevent the spread of disease. It is less
likely that your dog will be exposed to Parvo or Distemper. A leashed dog
can be restrained from sniffing the droppings of other animals.
4. A leash is commonly referred to as “Your Pet’s Lifeline,” protecting your
pet from traffic and unrestrained animals. Accidents or animal bites are
greatly reduced when responsible pet owners obey the leash law.
5. An obedient and well behaved dog is a positive reflection of its owner.
6. Re-locating your dog into another household is 100% easier if your dog is
obedient and leash trained.
7. It’s a great way to reward your dog. Your dog will immediately respond
with a wagging tail the moment he or she sees you holding the leash.
8. It’s a great identification tool, symbolizing that the dog has an owner, and
enabling someone who sees the leash and identification tag attached to
the dog’s collar to find you if you and your pet should become separated.
9. It’s a great relief to wildlife, keeping your dog from chasing squirrels, deer,
and other wildlife.
10. It’s the law! The law is in place to protect other members of the public and
your pet from injury.

This information is courtesy of The Bill Foundation.