Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, all dog owners must securely confine dogs to the property. This means your yard must have a closed gate and an escape-proof fence that your dog cannot jump, get under or through. If securely confined, your dog will be safe from traffic injuries or fights with other dogs. It will also be prevented from wandering and becoming lost.
It's also easy to prevent most dog attacks in public places, just by confining dogs. That's good news for the reputation of our pets and for responsible dog owners. A dog of any size or breed can become aggressive when defending its territory or owners. Even a friendly dog may guard the area on or around its property, especially when you are not present.
So for the safety of your dog and everyone else, remember to confine your dog. Backyard is best!