Dogs in public places


Your dog must, unless it is exempt from this requirement, be under the effective control of a competent person at all times when out in public.

This means that it must be on a leash and under the control of someone capable of restraining it.

A small child, for example, may not be able to control a large dog. Under these circumstances, an adult capable of restraining the dog should walk the dog.

A dog is not considered to be under the effective control of a competent person if the person has more than 4 dogs under his or her control.

This requirement does not apply to a dog:

  • in an off-leash area (but only if the total number of dogs of which its owner has control does not exceed 4) or;
  • a dog engaged in droving, tending or working of stock or;
  • a dog being exhibited for show purposes or;
  • a dog participating in an obedience class, trial or exhibition or;
  • a police dog or;
  • a corrective services dog or;
  • a dog secured in a cage or vehicle or tethered to a fixed object or structure.


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