Dog Education


Owning a dog takes a commitment! When choosing your companion, you must consider a number of factors to ensure the dog you select will suit your lifestyle. These factors are outlined in the Good Dog SA brochure and include:

  • Size of the dog

  • Size of your yard

  • Daily exercise

  • Do you intend to take your dog to training?

  • How long will your dog be alone each day?

  • Are you aware of the legal responsibilities of owning a dog?

Legal Responsibilities; Your dog and the Law

Number of dogs
  • Generally, the number of dogs allowed in domestic premises is one dog per flat/unit, two dogs per house and a permit is required for three dogs or more.

  • Under law, it is your responsibility to ensure that your dog is registered and wearing its registration disc whenever off your property. This disc is essential for identifying your dog so that it can be returned to you if found wandering at large.

  • An implanted microchip does not count as identification under legislation, however this is a very useful way of ensuring your dog can be identified and returned home safely.


Keeping your details up to date

  • Ensure your dog’s address and other details are up to date in the council register. These details are important for ensuring your dog can be returned to you if found wandering at large.

  • Should you and your dog move address, please compete the change of details form below and forward to council as soon as possible so that we can update our records.

  • Council must also be notified if your dog dies, is missing for more than 72 hours, is given to a new owner or is surrendered to the RSPCA or Animal Welfare League.

Dogs on leads

State Government legislation states that a dog must be on a leash by means of a chain, cord or leash that does not exceed two metres in length whilst on a public road, footpath and all public places. You may exercise your dog off lead in Council parks and reserves where indicated. In parks the dog must be under effective control which is by command, the dog being in close proximity to the person and the person being able to see the dog at all times.

For more information on the dogs off leash areas please visit our Dogs off Leash Page

Exercising dogs on school grounds

Dogs are not permitted on school grounds (either private or public schools) even if on a leash, unless permission has been granted from the school in advance.

Expiation Fees under the Dog and Cat Management Act

Not wearing a collar and council registration disc


Wandering at large       


Dog not on a lead in a public place


Not picking up after your dog if the dog has defecated in public 


If your dog attacks/harass or chases a person, animal or bird


Creating a nuisance by barking or otherwise      


Dogs travelling in open tray utility’s must be restrain physically 


Dog Tips

  • Training should begin as soon as you bring you dog home whether it is a young puppy or a pre-loved pound dog. Dogs need routine and structure, it is also important to socialize your dog with other dogs and people on a regular basis to ensure they become well-adjusted in today’s society. A well-adjusted and trained dog is a valued member of your pack. Below are a few tips if you are experiencing a few behaviour difficulties with your dog in your household.

  • Citronella collars can be used to help in the management of barking dogs. When the collar is fitted and the dog barks, the bark activates a spray of citronella which the dogs finds unpleasant. After a while the dog learns that every time it barks it will experience this unpleasant spray and will refrain from barking.

  • When the collar is removed from the dog, it is a good idea to ensure the replacement collar is of similar weight and thickness, otherwise the dog will recognize that the collar has been removed and may start to bark again.

Anti-social and bad behaviour

There are many ways to correct anti-social behaviour in dogs, as there are too many to list it is recommended that you might want to check out varies websites for this information.


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