Are you a responsible dog owner?
As a responsible dog owner you have an obligation to care for the health and well-being of your animal. Dogs can provide great joy and companionship but it does come with responsibility. You have a duty to ensure your dog's behaviours do not affect your neighbours or the community.
The first step in responsible dog ownership is choosing the animal that best complements your family and your lifestyle. Where you live, the breed and size of the dog should all be factors you consider before welcoming a new dog into your home.
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Our Cairns Pets Facebook page provides tips for being a great pet owner, information on our animal-related events, and pets that have ended up in the pound.
Responsible dog ownership
Information about dog exercise areas, dog off-leash areas, areas where animals are prohibited, barking dogs, nuisance animals, and backyard breeding of animals including cats and dogs. More
If you or your animal/s has been attacked by a dog ring Council immediately on 1300 69 22 47. The sooner we know of an incident the sooner we can secure the dog and gather evidence for a thorough investigation. More
Information on nuisance barking, including tips to reduce barking, what Council does when we receive a complaint and how you can help to establish barking is unreasonable. More
Dog registration & renewals
Your dog registration fees help cover the cost of animal management services and facilities, such as dog patrols, community education, complaint investigation, dog exercise areas and running of Council's pound. More
Dogs that are considered dangerous because they have a history of attacking other animals or people, or are a breed considered to be more likely to hurt others, require a Council permit with strict conditions on how they should be kept. More
Tips and tricks for dog owners
Cairns Regional Council's Animal Management Team have put together some short tips and tricks videos for being out and about in public with your pooch. More
Last updated: 27 February 2019