Wandering Dogs

Wandering Dogs

How to stop your dog wandering:


As a dog owner, you MUST make sure that your dog is not able to wander off your property. This means that you must use one of the methods described below to keep your dog at home.

If you allow your dog to wander, it may be impounded and you will have to pay a fee to collect your dog and may be liable for infringements. It also runs the risk of being poisoned, injured or killed on the road.

If your dog causes damage or injures a person or another animal whilst it is wandering, you can be made liable for this damage.

The owner is responsible for the containment of their dog.

Ways to confine your dog:

 
Fences
The type of fence you need will depend on the size and activity level of your dog. The dog must not be able to jump or climb over, dig under or push through the fence. If your dog is climbing or jumping over the fence, you can add an inward sloping extension to the top of the fence. This works better than just trying to make the fence higher.

Alternatively, you can put up a low internal fence, about a metre in from your boundary fence. This stops the dog getting a “run up” at the fence, or getting into position to jump up at the fence.

If the dog is digging out, you may need to dig a trench around the bottom of the fence and fill it with concrete, or attach a strip of chicken wire to the bottom of the fence and bury it.

Self Latching Gates
Self latching gates should be installed to prevent the gates being left open accidentally.
 
Pen or Compound
When fencing the whole yard is difficult, dogs may be kept in a pen or compound. These need to be big enough for the size of your dog, and should be built in a quiet, sheltered area. Do not build the pen or compound near your neighbour’s fence or a public footpath.
 
A concrete base is better than dirt as it is easier to keep clean and prevents digging out.
 
Dogs kept in a pen or compound MUST be exercised regularly.
 
Running Wire
This is a wire run between two supports. The dog is attached to the wire by a chain lead which slides along the wire, allowing the dog to walk up and down. DO NOT attach the wire to the fence, or close to the fence, as the dog may jump over the fence and strangle itself.
 
If the dog gets tangled around the supports, place a block near each end of the wire to prevent the dog from getting too close to the supports.
 
If you use a running wire, you must still have proper fences to keep your dog in. You are not allowed to use a running wire as your only means to restrain the dog.
 
Tethering
Tethering your dog on a rope or chain is not recommended, as the dog can easily get tangled and can result in a barking problem. You must still have a proper fence even if your dog is tethered on a rope or chain.
 
Problems with confinement

Dogs which are not used to being confined, or which are confined too long, may cause problems. They may begin to bark too much, or may damage property or injure themselves trying to escape.

Avoiding Confinement Problems

  • Gradually get the dog used to confinement by keeping it in for short periods of time to begin with, first with the owner still at home and later when the owner goes out. Slowly increase the length of time in which the dog is confined.
  • Play with your dog and feed it in its enclosure, so it doesn’t think the enclosure is a punishment.
  • Make sure the enclosure is safe and secure.
  • Place the enclosure in a quiet area of the property.
  • Ensure that the dog has shelter, water, toys and is comfortable.

If the dog barks or tries to get out, give a firm command such as “No”.
Praise the dog if it is quiet.
Only let the dog out again when it is not barking.
If your dog does not respond to your commands, it may require further obedience training. 

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