A dog is man's best friend - but only when controlled.
The moment you take delivery of your dog you take on an extra responsibility in law. The Dog Control Act 2000 and Regulations detail all requirements for the keeping and behaviour of dogs. If you need any advice on any aspect of the law relating to dogs, please contact the Council on (03) 6352 6500.
Please download the Dorset Council Dog Management Policy for further information.
Every dog, on any property, over the age of six months must be registered. Dog registration fees are due on the first day of July EVERY year and are payable at the Council offices within 30 days of the due date.
To register a new dog, you can download a New Dog Registration form or visit the council offices at 3 Ellenor Street, Scottsdale.
The Fee Schedule for 2012/2013 Dog Fees 2012/2013(144 kb)
Training is essential to ensure your Dog integrates well with society, Training may include where your Dog sleeps, eat, plays and toilet business etc. Daily walks are important for Dogs, not only for exercise, they provide lots of interest as the Dog sniffs and smells new sites and surroundings.
Dogs need interests and stimulation in their daily lives, If not provided, Dogs can become bored and show destructive behaviours.
No more than two dogs can be kept on a property unless a Kennel Licence has been issued or they are "working dogs" used for driving or tending of livestock, detecting illegal substances, searching, tracking or rescuing or working with Police.
Ensure that your dog doesn't roam by day or night. Ensure that your dog is fenced in or tied up. When the dog is taken for a walk it must be kept on a lead of no longer than two metres when in a built up area and under effective control. At all times the dog must be in sight of the owner and responsive to a command.
Dogs are not permitted on beaches (except the two exercise area beaches listed) sports fields, reserves, children's playgrounds or school properties. Council has approved dog exercising areas.
Owners must ensure that a dog is not a nuisance to their neighbours. Ensure that your dog does not cause a nuisance by barking excessively.
Should any dog defecate in a public place or land not owned by the person, the owner is responsible and must clean up the droppings and dispose of them. Council provide Dog Tidy Bags & Dog Tidy Bins for your convenience. ( located in King & George St and Northeast Park Ring Road Scottsdale, Listers Lane Walking Track, Adams Beach, Trent Water & Wildflower Reserve Walking Track Bridport. Gladstone Road Gladstone )
For further information on Dogs please read the Frequently Asked Questions about dog management.
You may also like to download the following brochures:
Council also has some guidelines on Stock management. For further information please read the Frequently Asked Questions on Stock Control.