Virginia leash laws may require you, the dog owner - while on your property - to keep your dog under control. This means that your dog is confined to the house, a dog pen, on a secured leash, or under some form of immediate voice control. If you take your dog for a walk and off the property, you must put your dog on a leash or under immediate voice control. It is best to have the dog on a leash. The law does not automatically apply everywhere as the localities, city or county governments, must decide if the want to implement it. Some rural counties in VA do not choose to make all canines stay on leash which can lead to problems like dogs chasing cars or threatening pedestrians on public roads.