Why are you changing dog off-leash areas?

Areas where you can exercise your dog off-leash 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 claritfy the rules and ensure the community is clear on where dogs can and can’t be off-leash.

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

Similarly, all lakes are now dog on-leash unless otherwise specified on ACTMapi or by signage. Some additional dog swimming areas around lakes have been added to make sure we have enough spots for dogs to safely swim off-leash. Feedback from the community helped in identifying these areas.

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