Keeping your dog at home

Dogs that are outside your property and not under effective control are considered to be "at large" or "wandering at large".  This normally means your pet has escaped from its home but can also apply to taking your dog into the community without a leash or allowing your dog to sneak into a neighbour's property.

Dogs "at large" can attack a person or other animal, be attacked themselves or be injured in accidents such as being hit by a car.

When at home it's also important that your dog doesn't cause distress or injury by "rushing" at people or attacking them through your fence.

Dogs can be quite inventive when it comes to escaping from their homes especially if they are bored or looking to mate.

You can prevent your dog from wandering or rushing by:

Ensuring your fence:

  • Is high enough that your dog can't jump over it
  • Low enough that your dog can't crawl under it
  • Strong enough that your dog can't push it over
  • Hole proof so your dog can't escape through it
  • Designed so your dog can't attack people through it

Another important step is to spay your dog to prevent it from looking for love where it shouldn't be.

If your dog does escape it will be taken to the pound. In some cases, if your dog is wearing its registration tag, Council can return your pooch to you.

How to make a wandering animal complaint

Last updated: 16 November 2015