Do I have to keep my dog on a lead?
Yes, in certain designated areas.
In Manchester , this applies to all roads, pavements and footpaths (including gated alleyways) as well as designated parks, planted flower beds and horticultural centres. It also applies to the grounds of all places of public religious worship, irrespective of the religious denomination.
We recognise that it is important for dogs to be exercised, and support responsible dog owners in promoting healthy lifestyles. There are just nine small parks in Manchester where a dog must be kept on a lead at all times, and these are all within walking distance of a larger park where dogs may be exercised off the lead.
In the majority of Manchester 's parks, most areas are still available for you to exercise your dogs on or off the lead, but please remember that, when your dog is off the lead, you must make sure it is under control, and does not frighten or alarm people or other animals.
Why would I be told to put my dog on a lead?
You must put your dog on a lead if directed to do so by one of our authorised officers. This applies across the city.
There may be occasions when you cannot control your dog as well as you would like to; perhaps because of other dogs in the area. Sometimes, other people may feel intimidated even though you feel you have your dog under control. One of our officers may, therefore, ask you to put your dog on a lead. This may only be for a short time and once the situation has changed the officer may agree to you letting your dog back off its lead.