Looking after your dog

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You must ensure your dog is wearing its registration tag at all times. Wearing a registration tag means we can identify your pet if it's lost. If your dog is found without a registration tag, you may receive a fine.

It's also a good idea to put your name and phone number on your dog’s collar. This can help us get your dog back to you quickly and easily.

Order replacement tags

If your dog has lost or damaged its registration tags, you can order a replacement online

Dogs at home

If your dog is at home, you need to make sure it is secure and unable to get out of your property. You can do this by fencing your property and maintaining any fences and gates.

If you live on a large property and can't fence all of it, consider fencing off a section or building a kennel and run.

It can be very dangerous for both your dog and the community if your dog escapes your property. You may receive a fine if your dog is found wandering and it may be sent to the pound.

Dogs in public places

You need to keep your dog on a leash when:

  • on footpaths
  • in public places like schools and shopping centres

Dogs are not permitted within 10 metres of a playground.

There are parks and reserves where you can walk your dog off-leash. To walk your dog off-leash you must ensure it responds to voice commands and instructions.

It's your responsibility to make sure your dog behaves both on or off its leash. If your dog rushes at, chases, bites or attacks a person or another animal, you may receive a fine or face court action.

Dog litter

Please make sure you pick up and correctly dispose of any dog litter. You should always carry a plastic bag or pooper scooper whenever you’re out with your dog.

If you don't clean up after your dog you may receive a fine or face court action.

Barking dogs

Dogs bark for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it can’t be avoided, but owners do need to make sure the barking isn't a nuisance to their neighbours.

Agriculture Victoria has some steps you can take to stop or reduce your dog’s barking.

If you receive a complaint about your dog’s barking, please see Problems with animals.


In case of an emergency, you can contact a Local Laws officer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Emergency situations include:

  • dog attacks (biting, chasing or threatening people or animals)
  • livestock wandering on the road

If you’ve lost your dog, please see Lost and found pets.

Agriculture Victoria has more information about preparing for and dealing with a pet emergency.

Problems with dogs

If you are having problems with a dog or other animal, you can find some tips and strategies that may help.

More information

Agriculture Victoria has more information about how you can best care for your dog.