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Walking your dog in Bayside

Walking your dog is a great way to get exercise, spend time with your dog, relax and socialise. Find out your rights and responsibilities and what to bring when out and about with your furry friend.

The benefits of walking your dog

There are great benefits to help your dog stay happy and healthy, such as exercise and socialisation. You increase these benefits – by mixing things up, like taking your dogs to different parks, walking different routes or going to an off-leash beach. Your dog may also get as much stimulation from a training session at home as it will from a quick walk around the block.

Things to remember when walking your dog

  • Always walk your dog on leash, unless in a designated off leash area.
  • You can only walk up to four dogs at once.
  • Bring a bag with you and pick up after your dog.
  • Dogs are prohibited entry to some parks and reserves, check signage before entry.
  • Make sure your dog is wearing its Council registration tag.

It is also a good idea to bring items your dog may enjoy like water, treats or a favourite toy/ball while out and about.

Your responsibilities in off leash areas

  • Dogs must be on a chain, cord or leash if the dog is within 20 metres of:
    • a children’s play equipment area
    • an area where a public meeting is being held
    • a permanently designated barbeque and picnic area
    • an area where an organised sporting event is taking place.
  • Dogs must be on leash in all car parks.
  • Owners must have effective control of their dog at all times. You must be able to recall your dog promptly and place it back on a leash if the need arises.

Places to walk your dog

You can also download the places to walk your dog map (PDF, 372.02KB).

A man and woman walking 2 dogs