Leash laws can vary from state to state, and even from city to city within a state. Some neighborhoods and communities may have special leash laws, too. It’s always a good idea to learn leash laws before taking your dog out without a leash, even if she is well behaved. Knowing leash laws helps you avoid fines, and it can help keep your dog safe.

What are the leash laws in Arkansas?

Arkansas does not have statewide leash laws. Each individual municipality decides leash laws and regulations. This means that it’s important to check the rules before taking your dog to a new town. Many towns in Arkansas do not legally allow dogs to be off leash — often referred to as “running at large” — even though you often see dogs out and about without a leash.

While the specifics vary slightly between each town, Fayetteville, Springdale, Fort Smith, and Little Rock all have a “leash law” requiring dogs to be under physical control of a person.

Dogs that are very smart and easy to train, such as Goldendoodles, tend to do well off leash. They quickly learn to come when called, and they are obedient. Goldendoodles are also very sociable dogs. They get along well with other dogs, they like meeting new people, and they are friendly and good-natured. These are all great qualities for teaching a dog to be off of the leash.

It’s common to see dogs running around without a leash at the park or strolling around at the farmers market. Generally speaking, people won’t make a fuss about a dog that’s not on a leash as long as they are well behaved. Again, many towns in Arkansas do not legally allow dogs to be off leash in public.

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