Responsible dog ownership

Responsible dog ownership
Dog on Leash
Read about the guidelines for responsible dog ownership. Responsible Dog Ownership canterbury bankstown As a responsible dog owner, following these guidelines you will ensure that you, your dog and the community can all enjoy the satisfaction and privilege of pet ownership.  
Dog on Leash

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The Companion Animals Act requires you to have your dog microchipped at a veterinarian or animal welfare organisation, and then pay the lifetime registration fee.  

Responsible dog ownership involves:

  • Microchipping and ensuring ensuring your dog is wearing a collar and identification tag at all times;
  • Ensuring your dog is lifetime registered, which makes it easier to identify if it is lost;
  • Keeping your dog on a leash, unless in a designated off-leash area;
  • Keeping your dog securely within your premises, as they can do a lot of damage if unrestrained and unsupervised;
  • De-sexing your dog;
  • Collecting and disposing of dog faeces;
  • ​Protecting our wildlife by keeping control of your dog; and 
  • Taking care of and keeping your dog entertained to avoid excessive barking.

On the spot fines may apply to breaches of the legislation. See Council's ​Enforcement  page for more information.

Dog o​ff-leash areas

We have a range of pet friendly parks for dogs to run freely.

More information

Read more about responsible dog ownership at Office of Local Go​vernment website.