All dog owners must securely confine dogs to their property if they are not under direct supervision. If your dog escapes, you may receive a fine.
A dog of any size or breed can become aggressive when defending its territory. Even a friendly dog may guard the area on or around its property, especially when you are not at home. This means your yard should have a closed gate and an escape-proof fence that your dog can not jump over, get under or walk through. If your dog could get through your gates or fencing, you could be fined even if it doesn't actually leave your property.
Legally, visitors must also have safe access to your front door, without being stopped by your dog. Make sure your dog is properly confined, keep it in the backyard behind a locked gate.
Most dog attacks in public occur on a footpath or road or area surrounding the dog's property. A dog attack can be very distressing for everyone involved, particularly if the victim is a child or is injured.
If securely confined, your dog will be safe from traffic injuries or fights with other dogs. It will also be prevented from wandering and becoming lost or entering locations where dogs are prohibited.
It's easy to prevent most dog attacks in public places, just by confining dogs. That's good news for the reputation of our pets and for responsible dog owners.
So for the safety of your dog and everyone else, remember – confine your dog. Backyard is best!