Find out how to house and train your dog, where you can exercise your dog, and the ways we promote safety around dogs.
New Zealand and Hutt City Council have laws and guidelines to help you look after your dog in a way that's good for you, your dog , and the community.
- register your dog
- microchip your dog
- provide shelter, water, food
- exercise your dog
- keep your dog on a lead in public places (unless at a dog exercise area)
- pick up after your dog
- get your dog trained
- get your dog desexed.
You are legally responsible for keeping your dog under control at all times. Failure to do so is an offence with a fine of up to $3,000 or an infringement fee of $200.
Menacing and dangerous dogs have a different set of rules to follow.
If you need dog training advice you can contact:
- the Avalon Dog Training Club on phone: 04 586 5536; or
- the Wainuiomata Dog Training Club on phone: 022 153 3029 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are perks to becoming a responsible dog owner. You can get a discount off your registration.
If you're in a public place, your dog needs to be on a lead, but when you're in a designated dog exercise area, your dog can run free.
Your dog does need to be under your control, and you must carry a leash at all times.
- You must clean up after your dog on any property that's not your own.
- Carry a spare plastic bag whenever you're in public with your dog.
- Put dog waste bags in a rubbish bin or wrap them up and put into your home rubbish.
Our education officers talk to groups such as Police, postal services and community groups on keeping safe when dogs are around. You can book one of these courses for your organisation.
We also visit schools, playcentres, kindergartens and school holiday programmes to teach children about how to keep themselves safe around dogs.
We can bring a dog into the classroom so that children can practise safe handling.