Dogs Off Lead - the Facts

Published on Friday, 21 April 2023 at 4:28:23 PM

🐶 Dogs off lead 🐶

Did you know that if you are taking your dog for a walk, it must be on a lead at all times unless in a prescribed off lead exercise area?

This law is in place to protect other members of the public and your pet from injury.


Q:  Why is it best to walk my dog on a lead?


🐶 It's a great good neighbour policy, as it prevents your dog from trespassing on the neighbour’s property during your walk. It also keeps your dog from jumping on people you encounter, ensuring that your dog has the chance of being properly introduced.

🐶 Improved companionship. A well trained and lead-obedient dog is a pleasure to walk with.


🐶 Walking your dog on a lead will prevent the spread of disease. It is less likely that your dog will be exposed to Parvovirus or other diseases. A leashed dog can be restrained from sniffing the droppings of other animals.

🐶 A lead is commonly referred to as "Your Pet's Lifeline," protecting your pet from traffic and unrestrained animals. Accidents or animal bites are greatly reduced when responsible dog owners obey the law.

🐶 It's a great way to reward your dog. Your dog will immediately respond with a wagging tail the moment he or she sees you holding the lead.


🐶 It's a great identification tool, symbolizing that the dog has an owner if you become separated during an outing, as a finder will see the lead and identification tag attached to the dog's collar to find you.

🐶 It’s a great relief to wildlife, by keeping your dog from chasing them.

Q:  Where should my dog be on a lead?

In all public places, including footpaths, roads and verges, car-parks, fuel stations, rest areas and playgrounds that are not dog prohibited areas

Q:  What is the penalty for walking my dog off lead in a public place?

By committing a dog off lead offence, you are liable for a $200.00 penalty. This is an offence under Section 31(3) of the Dog Act 1976.


Q:  Where can my dog go that is off lead?

At any prescribed off lead exercise area. These are signed as such and usually include the town oval or designated parks. If you ever are unsure, please contact the Shire Ranger on 9825 3555.