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.