Orange City Council is urging dog owners to check property boundaries to ensure your pet stays safe.
Generally, this is the time of year in Orange where more dogs are found to be wandering the streets.
The risk of your pet being hurt, or hurting another animal or a person is significantly increased.
If your dog is found wandering then you could be facing large fines.
The NSW Government recently introduced legislation to increase the penalties for dog related incidents.
Under the new laws, a dog owner or the person in charge will be fined $1350 when a dog rushes at, attacks, bites, harasses or chases a person or animal, whether or not an injury is caused. The previous penalty was $550.
For information head to this website.
Tips for keeping your dog safe:
- Make sure your fence is tall enough that your dog won’t be able to jump over it. Ask your vet or a qualified dog trainer how high your dog (based on breed, body size, etc.) can realistically jump.
- Check your fence and gates for weaknesses. A strong dog could easily break through a weak fence or squeeze through a small gap.
- Have your dog de-sexed. Dogs that have been spayed/neutered are less likely to run away during seasons of the year when female dogs are ‘on-heat’ and less likely to chase or fight other animals.
- Dogs need regular exercise to stop them from getting bored and destructive. Regular walks outside the yard, on a lead, gives the dog mental stimulation and is less likely to get bored and attempt to dig underneath or jump a fence.
- Make sure your dog has plenty of toys to play with during the day when you aren’t home. Toys, which can be filled with food are effective and can provide hours of entertainment.
- Limit outdoor time. Leaving a dog unattended in the yard is generally considered safe if it’s for brief periods of time. However, every dog is different, and some dogs may have intense anxiety about being left alone. This can lead to behavior issues like digging, chewing, fighting the fence, and incessant barking.