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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti
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Dog safety education

Animal services team offers free dog safety education sessions to improve public safety and encourage responsible dog ownership.

These sessions are available to primary, intermediate and pre-school children as well as community groups who may come into contact with dogs during their work.

Complete the Dog Safety Education Session booking request form.

Controlling your dog in public

Dog owners are responsible for controlling their dogs' behaviour in public. If you need help with dog training, you should contact a dog trainer (link to external website, new window)

When is your dog 'under control'?

A dog is considered ‘under control’ if it is on a lead held by someone able to control the dog. For example, a large dog would not be under control if its lead was held by a child who would be unable to restrain the dog if it strained against the lead.

It isn't necessary for dogs to be leashed at all times. However, dogs must be kept on a lead in designated pedestrian zones and on land where livestock is present. Councils have by-laws to show the areas where leashing is required, such as in public parks.

Canine Good Citizen

The Black Hawk Canine Good CitizenTM (BHCGC) Test is a certification program that tests dogs in simulated everyday situations in a relaxed atmosphere. It identifies and rewards dogs that have the training and demeanour to be reliable family members as well as good-standing community members. It is open to all purebred and crossbred dogs.

The purpose of the BHCGC Test is to ensure that our favourite companion, the dog, can be a respected member of the community because it is trained and conditioned to act with good manners in the home, in public, and in the presence of other dogs

BHCGC training is fun and useful. Through it, you and your dog will establish a closer bond and your dog will have the added benefit of knowing how to please you. The test of your dog's manners and training is not a competition and does NOT require that you and your dog perform with precision.

Who can participate?

  • All dogs over the age of 12 months of age.
  • Membership of Dogs NZ or member Club is not needed.

For more information please visit Canine Good Citizen's website (link to external website, new window)

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