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.
Walking your dog
The City of Greater Dandenong has an Order under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 that requires all dogs to be on leash in all public spaces unless in a designated off-leash area. These areas have signposts that show the boundaries of the area (not all are fully fenced) and the rules around exercising your dog in these areas. Even within these areas, your dog must be under effective control and return to you when recalled.
Everywhere else your dog must be on leash - even in fenced playgrounds and sports grounds. Penalties apply for not having your dog on leash in public spaces. Keeping your dog on leash keeps everyone safe, including your own dog.
You may run into one of our Rangers when walking your dog. They conduct regular patrols of parks and reserves to make sure everyone is enjoying our beautiful natural areas safely. The may ask you to produce a means of disposing of your dog's waste which you must carry with you when walking your dog. Failing to carry a means of disposal and disposing of your dogs waste also carries penalties under Council's Local Law.