Should dogs always be kept on a leash?

Should dogs always be kept on a leash?
Most of us love doggos, and some of us love to walk their dogs unleashed. But is it safe? There are a lot of dangers both for the dogs, for other person and other dogs, and you never know what might happen. He might smell something and run towards it, maybe across the street. At the same time, keeping dogs always on a leash might limit their freedom and happiness. Should they always be kept on a leash, there should be limits, or it doesn't matter?



I agree

As much as we love our pets i think they should always be restrained. I know some pets are adorable but they are irrational. There is no telling what they could do in a stressful situation.
Posted by Anonymous on 07-28-2017


When they are out in the public, yes they should be on a leash. It is better for the people around because you never know what your dog may decide to do among strangers. Besides it is also safe for the dog itself should it run away.
Posted by sspi on 07-30-2017

Yes if they are in public

I do feel that if you are out in public, your dog needs to be on a leash. Sure, you may think that your dog is fine and will not harm others, but you never know. And some people do not like dogs or are allergic to them, so this will just help to protect your dog and others. After all, think if your dog bit someone? How would you feel if this happened because you did not have him on a leash?
Posted by angie828 on 07-29-2017

Yeah. Definitely

We can love the animal but we can not make a family with an animal. We are human and human being have a nature to do family with another human. So If I like animal that should need to stay with a safe distance because some times animal bear the dangerous disease.

Thanks Centurion

Posted by centurion on 07-30-2017


In general, dogs should be kept on a leash. No matter how good you are at training dogs, you still don't know what really is in its mind. They have animal instincts. They bite. And if they bite somebody, it would be your obligation to bring them to a hospital.

If your dogs are simply inside the house, that's the time when they can roam around freely. But once they go outside, they should always be on a leash just to be safe. Just make sure that when you open the gates, your dogs won't go out or else that would mean trouble.

In our house, our dogs are kept in a leash even if they are inside our compound because they have a tendency to destroy stuff.

Posted by limberg on 07-28-2017

Please, yes!

I really firmly believe that all dogs should be kept on a leash when outside. I have seen a few incidents when the bigger breeds suddenly went aggressive and stopped listening to their owners... it always resulted in something bad. We had cases of children getting bitten because a dog ran up to them for no apparent reason.

I think that once you take the dog outside, out on the streets, he/she is your responsibility and you have to ensure complete safeness for everybody - even the people that are walking by. The only real way to be able to do that is with putting your dog on a leash!

Posted by Mehano on 07-28-2017
Jonathan Solomon

Generally speaking, yes

Don't get me wrong. I agree dogs should always be kept on a leash. I will say, however, that it does depend on what type of scenario/environment you are in. If it's a controlled area that has big enough space for your dog to run around without troubling anybody. Moments like these are fine to take the dog off his/her leash while still being monitored. But if it's a highly trafficked public area, then they should always be on a leash. So it does depend on what type of situation that dog owner is in.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 07-29-2017

They are still animals

Regardless of how much we love our pets and trust them, they are still animals. Too much can happen with an unleashed dog. You should always walk your dog with a leash.
Posted by BigDreamer on 07-28-2017

Leash when outside

It is best to leash your dog when you are outside because you don't know when it will attach strangers or other dogs or cats. Although you knoe very well that your dog never hurts anyone in the household but you cannot be sure about strangers or sudden attacks which are beyond your imagination.

You don't have to leash your dog at home, unless when strangers or friends visit your home. A few times, my customer`s dog, that cute type, bite off my sandals, torn into halves and bitten my ankle. Now that is painful.

Posted by peachpurple on 07-28-2017

Yes they must

There was this incident about 3 years ago in my country where a dog actually attacked two children and they were severely injured and had to stay at the hospital for many days. Just some days back a dog ran after my niece and she fell on the street and bruised her knee. My neighbor always lets his dog roam and on many occasions he came in my yard and made a mess. I think a dog must be kept on a leash for others safety.
Posted by Pixie on 07-28-2017

It depends on the situation, but ... yes !

When a person lives in town, or someplace where they have to walk their dog, then I believe that dog should always be kept on a leash, and that is for the dog's own safety. if you live out on a farm, and there is lots of room where a dog can safely run around, then there is no need to keep them on a leash unless it is for training purposes, and the dog will happily follow you around as you finish up your outside chores. However, when you live in a city, and there is traffic, it is dangerous to have a loose dog. They might see another dog, cat, or squirrel, and dash off across the street and be hit by a car. Or they might chase the cat or squirrel off down and alley somewhere and get lost, and then you might never find them again. It is just not worth taking this kind of chance with your dog, and keeping them on a leash is the best thing you can do for them in this case.
Posted by Happyflowerlady on 07-28-2017

I agree!

I agree that a dog should be kept on a leash only when the dog is out the house when is taken to a walk or in a park or something like that. The owner of the dog can keep its dog free in the house or its yard but not outside!
Posted by wallet on 07-29-2017


I am not afraid of them, and I don't think that they are bad, it is just that they are like children and you don't know what they are going to do if they get scared by something, or if they don't like someone, but if they are in home they can be without the leash, they feel protected there, but in the streets no one knows how they will react to something.
Posted by BatmanWayne on 07-28-2017

Leash Conditionally

When walking dogs in a public area, they should be on a leash. If they are at home in the yard or house with no immediate threat to strangers then of course they should be free to run wild. I think it balances out and is the responsible thing to do to apply the appropriate measure when circumstances permit. Just think of the repercussions which can occur if measures are not applied when they should have been. We know what is likely to happen to dogs if they bite strangers in a public place or if they get scared and run across the road in high traffic. So if it is that keeping your dog on a leash is an unfavorable thing then what do we say about the other possibilities that can occur if we encounter unusual mishaps?
Posted by Joteque on 07-29-2017

Safey First

For both the animal's safety, and that of the people around you, dogs should absolutely be on leashes in public. In many US states, dog attacks are the leading cause of death when it's animal related! Your sweet pooch is an animal, and you do not know how they will instinctually respond to everyone they meet.
Posted by JaiGuru on 07-30-2017


Unleashed dogs are a menace. The news iis full of stories of dogs "acting out of character " (to be polite). Not only are the public put in danger, but other dogs who are in fact leashed. In addition, dogs run the risk of being run over or causing accidents.
Posted by Rhombus on 07-28-2017

Dogs should be restrained in the public

I believe that dogs should be restrained when walking out in public. It is the owner's responsibility to keep their pet safe and be mindful of the safety others. In addition, dogs need to be curbed when they do their business.
Posted by carlat281 on 07-29-2017

In public, dogs should be leashed.

I have three dogs, and although one of them is good off leash, I still leash him for many reasons. Around cars and other people walking their dogs, I don't know what to expect. At any moment there could be an accident and I need to pull my dogs leash to guide him to where is the safest for him. He could get scared and run off of the sidewalk to avoid something coming at the other side of him, jump off the curb and get hit by a car. There are sometimes other dogs roaming around and having a leash makes sure no fights happen between them. Leash training helps you stay under control of your pet to make sure they listen to what you're commanding of them. However, in areas where these aren't your concern and your pet doesn't run away, it could be safe to have them off leash. Like in a yard that is fenced properly for your pet's abilities, at a rural campsite where you can keep an eye on them, and at an off leash dog park where it is expected. It is not inhumane to keep your dog on a leash. It is there for safety.
Posted by Westerlies on 07-29-2017


I'm more of an advocate to train dogs so much to the point where they don't need leashes, but in public, there is no such thing as being too safe and a leash fixes that problem so no matter how well trained a dog is a leash is still necessary. I think if you are not in a crowded area and you are sure of your dog's training then some exception can be made but in general a leash is needed.
Posted by Wubwub on 10-10-2018



Not always

There is a time and a place for everything!

If you are out in an open field with few other people around, then you should be able to let your dog off the leash and let your pet run around and enjoy themselves.

If you are in a crowded city street, though, then your dog should definitely be on the leash. Dogs should also be kept on the leash in areas where young children are playing or where farm animals are grazing.

As for the comments with regards to how well-trained a dog is, that doesn’t really make a lot of difference to this question, because even the best trained dogs can have a moment of madness if they get over excited. Dog owners should also show consideration to those people who don’t like dogs or who are nervous around dogs.

One thing is for sure, on or off the leash, all dog owners should clean up the mess that their dogs leave!

Posted by Artois52 on 07-29-2017

I don't think so.

I think it depends a lot on how each dog is treated by its owner. I don't see the need for dogs to live on a leash all the time. Particularly, I find it cruel at times.

Well... But, people are people, right? :-(

Posted by WildSpirit on 07-28-2017

Really depends where.

A dog should be kept on a leash when just being walked on the street, whereas when a dog in a park, it shouldn’t be kept on a leash especially if it’s playing, sure if you want to just walk the dog, yes, don’t let just free roam without a leash but when playing with it is obviously fine to let it roam around as I’m not sure how you would play with it otherwise.
Posted by timstargraal on 07-29-2017


They should be free, it's real sad when you see a dog with a leash, alone, forgotten by the people who own them. I just dislike when they do it. The best option to have a dog it's to leave him to (almost) what they want on the yard.
Posted by luispas on 07-28-2017
Oh but I was referring only when walking them! Of course if you have a courtyard they should be kept unleashed (unless maybe you don't have a fence and a gate, and you are afraid they' run away).

Not a good owner

I always believe that if you want to have a pet, you should put an effort on training them and making them feel part of the family. Now if you want to put a leash on your dog because you are afraid that it might bite someone or run away, then you are doing a poor job being a good owner. Dogs have emotions and they are called man's best friend for a reason. If you put them on a leash, you are making them feel that you don't love them, and you don't want them to be free.
Posted by galegatling on 07-28-2017

Leash them up

As much as dogs are lovely and playful to its owner and those it is familiar with, it's the same that it would be hostile and violent to those it's not familiar with. It's a know fact that dogs bark out of anxiety and feeling of insecurity and this often happens when a dog happens to be brought into an environment it's not familiar with and around people that are not familiar as well to it.

The leash would help the owner have a good control over the dog should anything go wrong. This leash would come in handy should the dog owner decide to take the dog to an open place where there would be lots of people. Places such as beach, shopping mall, school, football grounds etc. The leash would prevent the dog from running away and causing any havoc in the vicinity it's found in.

Posted by Heatman on 09-09-2017


I think that if you are out walking your dog then they should be on a leash. It not only protects other people and dogs but it protects your dog as well if it another dog comes at it. The only time that dogs should not have to be on leashes is at Doggie Parks or when they are home if they have a fenced in yard that they can't escape from.
Posted by Sue on 07-28-2017
I am a dog lover but I am afraid of strange dogs that are loose in the streets. When the dog is in a public place, it should be on a leash no matter if the dog is very tame. The most important for the concern of the dog owner is the feelings of the other people who do not know his dog. When the other people see that the dog is on a leash then there is no fear or at least the fear of getting bitten is minimal.
Posted by Corzhens on 10-18-2018
If you have a fenced in yard or a safe place for them to be, they can be off leash, but in a public area they should be on their leash. Not only is it safer, they won't go missing. Some people hunt with their dogs, and allow them to go the woods, but you always run the risk of losing your dog that way or they will become a nuisance. Dogs should never be able to roam around unsupervised otherwise.
Posted by kgord on 07-28-2017
I think that it should be clear wheter the owner should or should't keep his dog on a leash. Some dogs are harmless while some are imprevisible. Common sense should be used also.
Posted by Marvadaum on 07-28-2017
Everything that is done in excess is not good even for pets. Too much food can make them fat. It's cute but we all know it's not healthy. How about putting your dog on a leash? Is it healthy?

For me it is, because it shows balance of freedom and limitations. Dogs must know that there are certain bounderies that they are not allowed to cross. A good example of that situation is when walking. They are allowed to walk. It an exercise for them but it also shows that they are in need of companion, of supervision.
Posted by Neiltarquin on 07-28-2017
If they are outside and not in a fenced in area then yes they need to be on a leash or chain. We actually have leash laws that say they must be on a leash. If the dog is inside a fenced in area with no way of escape then no it is not necessary for them to be on a leash. I think it is for the safety of people just as much as it is for the safety of the animal.
Posted by morgoodie on 07-28-2017
When going for a walk, near other people, animals and busy streets dogs should be kept on the leash for the safety of everyone around and the dog itself. I believe that if you know the dog won't run away it can run free in some space in parks, forests, dog parks etc. if you keep your eye on the dog (preferably play together, throw a ball or something like that).
Posted by reginafalange on 07-28-2017
This is both yes and no for me. If the dog is in a fenced area, or a designated area for dogs such as dog park, then absolutely not. They shouldn't need a leash. But, if you're just walking your dog in a public area or on a sidewalk, then yes, the dog needs to be on a leash. It doesn't matter how well trained or well behaved the dog is, always have it on a leash in those public areas.
Posted by Lizzyib on 07-28-2017
When you're outside then yes, but when you're at home, I don't think so. I always keep our dog on a leash whenever I take him to a walk outside, it's for both of our safety. But whenever we're at home, I never put a leash on him.
Posted by BeardedMamba on 07-28-2017
At homes, I do not want dogs to be leashed at all times since it is like imprisoning them. During walks, it actually makes almost everyone feel fear when in sight of a bulldog. What more if the bulldog is unleashed? The leash serves as just safety measures to keep and discourage dogs from ever straying away from you. That leash also make everyone else feel safe in a way.
Posted by giovanniiiii on 07-29-2017
I am not a dog owner. I would not get a dog as a pet because owning a dog requires a lot of attention and responsibility. I believe it depends on the situation when a dog should be kept on a leash and not. Of course, at home a dog should be able to freely roam comfortably. When on the streets or being walked - it's ideal to be on a leash just encase. If at the park, if the dog is well behaved and its a dog friendly park they can have fun and play with other dogs.
Posted by simplym on 07-29-2017
There needs to be more dog friendly parks and such that have contained areas to let your dog play and run around off leash. But in most cases a dog should be on leash because it's unknown whether the dog would behave of it understands most dangers we know of like cars in parking lots. Better safe than sorry I like to say.
Posted by fireball916 on 07-29-2017
I totally agree with what you are saying. Having a dog on the leash is protecting the dog. I like dog parks, we have three in our area and I think that they are great. It gives dogs a chance to play with other dogs and to run and burn off their energy.
Posted by Sue on 07-29-2017
We have 3 dogs in the house namely Tisoy who is 10 years old, Pipoy and Barbie who are both 5 years old, born a week apart. Inside the house freely moving are Tisoy and Barbie because they are "educated" when it comes to behavior. But Pipoy, a hyperactive pug, is in a cage and we use a leash when he is brought outside the house. We couldn't let Pipoy be let loose in the house for he would run around and urinate anywhere especially on the sofa and chairs. Take note they Pipoy is the same age as Barbie but they have different character. So I guess being in a leash depends on the behavior of the dog which means not all dogs can be let loose.
Posted by Corzhens on 07-29-2017
We never kept our dog on leash. He knew whom to attack and when to back out. And that's something was possible if the dog is properly trained. I think it's possible that some dogs which require the leash are under some sort of fear. And in such case they need to have that part. You can see that leash is often given to the cats too. But I don't find that much required. I think we have to consider that options in some cases.
Posted by overcast on 07-29-2017
rose thornes
We dont leash our dog at home but when we bring them to walk we have to leash them. They tend to get excited that they will just run and I'm afraid that they will get hit by the cars since we are living near the road. When they see that I'm holding a leash that will run forward because they know we're going for a walk. Sometimes they bite their leash and bring it to me so they can go to the beach. Its funny how they live to roam around.
Posted by rose thornes on 07-29-2017
If I was Prime minister of any country, I would make it law that dogs must be on a leash within 30 yards of a road. Or I would make it law that dogs were only allowed off of the leash when they are in an enclosed surrounding. So many dog owners think it's cool to have a dog running beside them. However well trained a dog is, never, ever trust it to run off.

Understand the dog mind and realise that if they see a cat or a squirrel they will dart off to chase it. I've been told over and over again throughout my life that dogs have been run over because they have run out unexpectedly. Dog owners should be responsible.
Posted by JMS on 08-03-2017
if your dog does not follow your order, it is better to keep him on lease when you are walking the dog. You can set your dog free when yoiu are in home, but when you are outdoors your dog should be kept on leash. Of course there are dangers associated with keep the dog on leash when you are outcoors, for example, you dog might want to chase a cat and in the process he might drag you.
Posted by vinaya on 08-07-2017
In depends on your current situation, you'll never want your dog unleashed on public much more if its on a loyal kind breed of a dog be it walking or having a jog with your dog, cause these type of dogs tends to get more agitated if they feel their owner is threatened by other people he/she haven't known yet. And yes we do have that kind of dog here in our compound and he tends to bite workers here who he feels threatened with and of course people whom he hadn't see always.
Posted by narutos3nn1n on 09-05-2017
I think dogs shouldn't keep on a leash. Dogs should also be given the time to roam and walk around without a leash as long as they are vaccinated and wouldn't bite anyone. Dogs are highly trainable and also a man's best friend. Here in our city, there is a lot of dogs that are roaming around. Dogs also deserve freedom at times.
Posted by DanoCath on 09-06-2017
Dogs should always be kept on a leash when out for a walk in public places. This is for the dog's protection as much as it is for the welfare of other people. Dogs may be intelligent but they will still act based on their instinct and when allowed to roam free on an area with unfamiliar people, the dog may bite if it perceives a threat. Some dogs end up being euthanized for violent or aggressive behavior like biting. The dog can be allowed to roam free within the premises of its owner.
Posted by chatbox on 01-04-2018
Dogs should be with leash while strolling or out of the house. They would only be free when at home or in a secure place in which they can't create a mess or cause disasters if they became aggressive. They should not also be with people who they are not familiar with in case they bite.
Posted by Scarlet on 01-15-2018
I don't quite agree with this, I like my dog having freedom and being free especially my puppies, me putting them on a leash is as if am hurting them.
Posted by Adesuwa08 on 01-31-2018
It depends on the kinds of dog, if the dog is the wild type then it is better to keep it on leash to avoid it attacking innocent people but if the dog is the cool type then there is no need to keep it on leash.
Posted by babyright on 03-22-2018
I think it mostly depends on the situation at that time if it means them being on a leash for a period of time I think there's nothing wrong with that but it shouldn't be all the time because it will limit their movement and freedom and might make them miserable.
Posted by lovely on 04-10-2018