Dog Laws & Responsibilities

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Owner's Responsibility

Dogs can be a great source of companionship and pleasure. However, dog ownership also involves responsibilities. Not only do you have responsibilities as an owner to make sure your dog is fed, cared for and exercised, but you also have responsibilities to your community in general to ensure that the dog is properly controlled and well behaved.

As a dog owner in South Australia you are required to:

  • Register your dog(s) at 3 months of age.  
  • Register your dog(s) each year and notify council in writing of any changes of address, death or dog disposal.
  • Keep the dog from barking to the annoyance or nuisance of others.  
  • Pick up after your defecating dog(s) in a public place  
  • A dog must not attack or harass a person, animal or bird  
  • You must not allow your dog(s) to wander unsupervised
  • Exercise your dog(s) on a chain, cord or leash not exceeding 2 metres in length unless exercised in our off leash parks/ reserves  
  • Dogs in off leash parks/ reserves must be exercised under effective control from their owners – by voice command  On Lead & Off Lead Areas

The above are all expiable offences of the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 which Council Officers are authorised to enforce.

 The attachments below which are supplied by the Dog and Cat Management Board will help you understand dog ownership and responsibilities. You may also like to visit their very helpful Good Dog SA website.