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Dogs and Leashes

Leashes & exercise

It's no secret that a well exercised and disciplined dog makes a happy and contented pet, so responsible pet owners need to make time to regularly exercise their animals. Dogs must be leashed at all times in public places. This helps owners to control dogs more easily and increases the safety of other animals and people.

Exercise on a leash

Exercising your dog on a leash provides your pet with positive mental stimulation and is extremely good for their health. Using a leash during exercise reinforces that you are the one in control. It can also help you react better to unexpected situations. Remember that many people are frightened or annoyed by dogs that are not leashed in public areas. While walking at night, Council suggests the use of a reflective device or collar to help others to see your dog.

Leash and exercising courtesy

Some people in the community may not share a love of dogs, so it's important to respect their space and right to use public areas - pets need to be restrained and kept away from other people. At no time should your dog become a nuisance or impede other people's enjoyment.

Leash and exercise requirements

Dogs must be leashed at all times outside your property and you can only lead a maximum of two dogs at a time. Being a responsible owner means that you are responsible for the actions of your dog. It is your duty to clean up after your pet and to make sure that your dog isn't disturbing other people and other animals.

Training and socialising

Training a dog to walk on a leash isn't difficult - especially if started early. It takes time and patience but it will help your pet become socialised and interact safely with other dogs and people. See your vet or pet shop for further advice or help.

Penalties for not using a leash

Irresponsible owner who fail to walk their dogs on a leash when in public will face penalties including on-the-spot fines. Compliance with leash laws is regularly checked to ensure that pet owners are taking their responsibility seriously.
Liability

Pet owners are responsible for the actions of their pets at all times - using a leash will minimise the risk. Proper restraint shows respect for the safety of others and the safety of your pet. Using a leash is the law. Council will always enforce this law fairly and evenly to protect people and pets.