Didn't want to co-opt another thread but something said there caught my interest.
"Owners with dogs on leash need to have control of their animals, else the leash is nothing other than a way to be "legal". Once upon a long time ago, before the advent of leash laws, the law in my neck of the woods was the dog must be under the control of the owner. Much better, IMO, then just stipulating on a leash! "
I have had many instances of dogs both on and off leash not being under control of the human when I'm walking with my dogs (black labs IMO are the worst offender because people think that since they are so people oriented they are always under control or are never aggressive - NOT).
What really threw me though was when I was at the pet shop looking for a short "urban" leash to attach to my double lead to make it a little longer, the shop attendent showed me a length of braided rawhide about 8 inches long that had a snap hook on one end but no loop or anything on the other. I said how is a person supposed to hang onto that? She said "oh it's just so owners can have something on the dog to satisfy the leash laws" !!