How to be a Responsible Dog Owner
Many people enjoy having a dog for companionship, security and having fun, but everyone who owns a dog must be aware of their responsibilities.
Being a responsible dog owner is about understanding your pet’s needs and your responsibilities to the community. Your dog’s health, your children’s safety, your neighbours’ and your community’s wellbeing are largely dependent on you.
This website has been designed to help people understand their responsibilities in relation to owning a dog.
It contains tips on:
To answer your common queries, the Department of Local Government and Communities provides a brochure, Laws for Responsible Dog Owners (Web version). To obtain a design file of the brochure suitable for professional printing, please contact the Department of Local Government and Communities.
If you have any queries about owning a dog, you should contact Ranger Services at your local government, your local veterinarian, dog association or club, or animal welfare organisation. For contact details, see your community contacts.