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.