Tips for dog owners

Caring for a dog is a big responsibility.

 Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Give your dog regular flea and worm treatments, health checks and vaccinations
  • Teach your dog basic obedience such as 'come', 'sit', 'stay' and 'heel'
  • Microchip and register your dog
  • Sterilise your dog if it won't be used for breeding
  • Make sure your yard is safe and large enough for your dog
  • Make sure your fencing is secure so your dog cannot stray
  • Exercise your dog regularly (check out our off-leash dog parks)
  • Pick up after your dog in public places
  • Teach your children how to behave around dogs
  • Feed your dog a balanced and varied diet
  • Provide plenty of fresh water at all times
  • If you’re thinking of buying a dog, you might like to consider adopting one from the RSPCA or Pet Rescue
  • Never buy a dog as a gift unless you have discussed it at length with the person beforehand - it's a big commitment

Dog training -  Contact our local community dog training groups for assistance Northern Suburbs or Metropolitan Mid-Week dog training clubs  

For more information on responsible dog ownership, please see our Are you a Responsible Dog Owner Flyer (pdf. 641KB).