Owner Responsibility

Owning a dog is a massive responsibility. As a dog owner you are legally required to care for your pet. You have to make sure it gets enough food, water, shelter and exercise. Dog owners are also required to ensure their dog receives proper care and attention. You need to keep your dog under control at all times and have to ensure it isn’t causing problems for anyone else.

You need to:

  • Register your dog
  • Make sure your dog is not a nuisance, such as through persistent, loud barking or howling
  • Make sure your dog doesn’t injure, endanger, intimidate or distress any person or animal
  • Take reasonable steps to stop your dog from damaging someone else’s property

How to be a good dog owner

There are five freedoms for animals that are internationally recognised, following these will help you to be a good dog owner.

Ensure your dog has:

- proper and sufficient food and water

- adequate shelter

- the opportunity to display normal patterns of behaviour

- protection from, and rapid diagnosis of, any significant injury or disease

- and is handled in a way that minimises the likelihood of unreasonable or unnecessary pain or distress

More information on your responsibilities (external link)