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Off lead dog parks are becoming more and more popular, with dedicated parks Australia-wide. These parks offer a great way for your dog to exercise, meet other dogs and generally have fun. It’s also a good way for you to meet other dog lovers.

But there are some rules that should be adhered to when visiting dog parks to ensure the safety of both the dogs and their owners.

The information below was has been taken from the ACT government’s brochure, Dog Park Etiquette.


  • Keep your dog under effective control and if it becomes aggressive leave.
  • Walking rather than sitting in one place will encourage dogs to see the park as a neutral space and reduce territorial behaviours.
  • Parks are not suitable for all dogs. Dogs that are aggressive or overly shy should not be taken into the enclosure.
  • If your dog is not well socialised with other dogs you will need to teach your dog how to behave appropriately at the park.
  • Don’t come into the enclosure if it is already crowded.
  • Bring plenty of bags and clean up after your dog which will help to keep the park clean and useable.
  • Dogs should be under the care of a person at least 16 years old, who must be fully responsible for the dog. Children under the age of 14 should not enter without an adult.
  • Smoking is not allowed in the enclosure – cigarette butts are dangerous for dogs.


Jane Keighley is Director of Jake Public Relations and has been PR Consultant to Aussie Pooch Mobile for the past five years.

Aussie Pooch Mobile is a franchised mobile hydrobathing service for the family dog that has been operating since 1991. The Aussie Pooch Mobile currently services approximately 20,000 customers everymonth throughout Australia. The company also services customers in New Zealand, The USA, New Caledonia, The United Kingdom, and Malaysia under the name of The Pooch Mobile. Find out more about their services at

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