Better Dog Control = Safer Communities
No matter how well you think you know a dog, or how friendly it looks, any dog is capable of causing injury.
It is important to ensure young children are always supervised around their own family dog, and other dogs in their community to prevent any unnecessary incident.
Avoid provoking a dog:
If dogs feel threated they can react. Dogs are very territorial around their owners and their property. It’s important to be aware of this and know how to behave around dogs, for example:
- don't approach or run away from a dog
- don't use fast or sudden movements
- don't look directly into a dog's eyes or lean over it (these are dominant behaviours)
- always ask the owner first if you want to pat their dog.
Help our Council to better manage the control of dogs by reporting roaming dogs, dogs that are behaving in a threatening manner or dogs that attack people or other pets and livestock in the home or out in public. This information is necessary for us to follow up, monitor, investigate and prevent any future incidents.
Be a responsible dog owner:
If you are a dog owner it is your responsibility to control your dog on your property and when out in your community and around people and other animals. Not everyone loves dogs so be respectful of our shared spaces. Our Council wants to improve dog control and increase public safety around dogs. At the same time, we want to respect the right and ability of people to enjoy owning a dog in our community.