Saturday evening I saw a mother with a child about 2 or 3 years old, walking with a harness and a leash on the little girl. The girl just walked around, not straining to go faster or to get away from Mommy. The little girl seemed to have no spirit, no childlike curiosity of her surroundings, no desire to do anything other than just walk slowly in front of Mommy. I thought the child appeared to be well-trained. I wish my dogs would walk that way when I take them around the block.
I have a hard time with children on a leash. I understand a parent's need to not let the children out of their sight and make sure they're safe at all times. This little girl probably sits quietly in a restaurant and eats her vegetables, likely because Mommy will punish her severely enough to make her not want to suffer the consequences for acting out. I'd much rather see children behaving like children and not some Stepford kid.