Dogs

DOG REGISTRATION
All dogs must be registered once they reach three months of age.  It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that their dog(s) are registered each year.

From 1 July 2018, all dog registration details will be stored on a state-wide database that will replace 68 separate dog registration databases. This change ensures that registration details move with the dog (between new houses or new owners), and lost dogs can be identified from any council district in the state and reunited with their owner sooner.

Before 1 July 2018 (new dog registrations):

After 1 July 2018 (existing and new dog registrations):

  • Visit the Dog and Cats Online (DACO) portal (open from 1 July) and follow the online registration instructions.
  • Include your dog's microchip details (microchipping will be mandatory from 1 July 2018)
  • DACO will send you a grey registration disc with a number that will stay with your dog indefinitely*. You may alternatively purchase a metal dog disc, badge, or tag from a provider of your choice and have it engraved with your dog's permanent registration number.

*Using a life-time disc will reduce up to 600kg of landfill waste per year generated by the replacement of annual plastic tags. However, if your plastic disc is damaged or lost, you can request a replacement online.

Should your dog pass away, please contact council and inform us. We will then advise you of the actions to take.

 

DOG FACT SHEETS
The website Good Dog is an excellent source of information for all dog owners. It includes information on what dog breeds might suit you and your family, how to manage dogs around children, laws for dog ownership and much more.

It is also a great resource for fact sheets on topics such as dog training, microchips, desexing, aggression and more. Click here to visit the Good Dog website.

 

DOGS AND OPEN SPACES
​Providing suitable on- and off-leash activity areas is vital to the success of animal management in our Council area.

Dog owners require suitable areas to exercise their dogs safely. Equally, other members of the community must have the ability to use open space and recreation amenities without the fear of uncontrolled dogs, uncollected dog faeces and other nuisances.

Dogs must be on leash on all roads, streets and footways. There are a number of dog friendly parks in our district where owners can exercise their dogs off leash. Some reserves may have restricted off leash times to meet the needs of other users; please check for signs at each park or reserve to view restrictions, hours of operation, and your responsibilities as a dog owner.

Click here to download a map of visitor-friendly on- and off-leash areas in the district (note that the map is not comprehensive; please check signs at your favourite walking location).

Wright Road Dog Park (Evelyn Halliday Reserve) is an especially popular fenced park in Stirling dedicated to off-leash dog exercise. It provides many features including:

  • over two acres of fenced, off-leash space
  • a separate puppy/small dog area
  • dog agility equipment
  • a water play area
  • natural surroundings
  • off-street car parking

This park is open from 7:00am Monday to Friday, and from 9:00am on weekends and public holidays, and closes at sunset.

Please consider other users at this facility and ensure dogs remain under effective control at all times.

 

DOG HARASSMENT OR ATTACKS

If you are a victim of a dog attack, please report the incident to Council immediately on (08) 8408 0400 or mail@ahc.sa.gov.au.

We will ask you for details including the date, time, and location of the attack, as well as a description of the offending dog and/or owner. Please keep copies of any medical assistance required as a result of the attack.

In some instances, Council Officers may ask to take photographic evidence.