Code of conduct for dog owners

Dog with Owner and Staff Member

Dog droppings

When you take your dog for a walk, you have a legal responsibility to ensure that no dog droppings are left behind.

Dog parks and off-leash areas

Off-leash or free roam activities are restricted to dog off-leash parks and specific areas and/or times on some reserves. Please read the signs carefully when entering such reserves.

When exercising your dog in an off-leash area, dog owners must:

  • Remain within voice or hand control distance of your dog at all times and ensure the dog is within sight 
  • Carry a bag or similar device to remove and dispose of your dogs waste. Failure to do so may result in fines being issued. 
  • Not allow your dog off leash if it doesn’t respond to your recall 
  • Stop your dog being a nuisance or aggressive towards other dogs, people or wildlife 
  • Not allow your dog to interfere with the enjoyment of other people or dogs using the area. Not all people are comfortable in the presence of dogs. 
  • Not allow your dog to run on turf cricket pitches 
  • Ensure your dog is microchipped, registered and vaccinated 
  • Carry a leash at all times and use as required

Put your dog on a leash in an on-lead park or if it is within 10 metres of any:

  • Public children's play area 
  • Public BBQ or outdoor eating area 
  • Business premises 
  • Organised event

Bitches in season should not use off-leash areas while other dogs are in the area.

Owners are encouraged to walk their dogs off leash away from paths.

Note: Dog owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries caused by them.

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