What is ‘effective control’?

When in the public realm all dogs must be under effective control at all times, regardless of whether the dog is in an off-leash area (such as a dog park).

Having effective control of a dog is defined in the Domestic Animals Act 2000 (the Act) as meaning a person can prevent the dog from approaching other animals or people by either:

  • restraining the dog using a leash or by holding or confining the dog; or
  • having the dog in sight, with the dog responding to the person’s commands.

Not having effective control of your dog in a public place could leave you with a $250 fine. When in doubt, put your dog on a leash.

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