Why are you changing dog off-leash areas?

Dog exercise areas have been changed under the recently released Canberra Dog Model, which puts forward a range of actions to help the ACT achieve best-practice and world-leading dog management and welfare. The Canberra Dog Model sets forward a strategy for achieving this through a combination of education and awareness of responsible dog ownership and increased compliance and enforcement.

As part of this approach, the changes to Canberra’s dog exercise areas are designed to add clarity to the rules and ensure the community is clear on where dogs can and can’t be let off-leash.

For example, although community paths were already strictly dog on-leash, 10-metre buffer zones have been added to clarify this and ensure pedestrians and cyclists can feel safe using our extensive path network.

Similarly, all lakes are now dog on-leash unless otherwise signposted. Dog swimming areas around lakes will also be considered in the coming months to make sure we have enough spots for dogs to safely swim off lead. Feedback from the community will help inform these refinements.

The ACT Government is open to feedback on these changes and will be making further refinements in the coming months to ensure our dog exercise area mapping is clear and aligned to the Canberra Dog Model. If you would like to provide feedback, please email Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) at communityengagement@act.gov.au or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.