The kids are on holidays and daylight saving is upon us; prime time for doggos to be out and about enjoying their neighbourhoods.
Eurobodalla Council’s rangers are out and about, too, supporting pet owners to do the right thing when it comes to where and when their dogs are allowed.
Deb Lenson manages Council’s ranger team, and is encouraging dog owners to familiarise themselves with Eurobodalla’s new beach signage and arrangements for our furry mates.
“The community has been really clear that they want to see increased ranger patrols to make sure people are being responsible with their pets,” she said.
“That means keeping dogs on a leash in public, picking up dog poo, and not letting dogs jump up on people.
“Not everyone loves your dog as much as you do and some people are scared of dogs. So it’s really important that pet owners do the right thing and keep their dog on a leash in public.
“Even when a dog is off-leash it must be under effective control, so please don’t let it jump up or lick kids or other people because they might not like it.
“There are plenty of beaches and reserves in our shire where owners can have their dogs off-leash and Council’s website has all that info, including detailed maps.”
Ms Lenson says the Council’s new beach signs make it easy for people to know where and when dogs are welcome.
“They’re colour coded with red for dogs banned, green for dogs welcome 24 hour off-leash, and yellow for timeshare,” she said.
“For everyone’s peace of mind, please remember to keep your dog leashed until you reach the designated off-leash area. That way you’re protecting your pet, too.”
Making sure dogs and cats have identification is another focus of the rangers’ campaign.
Ms Lenson explained microchipping and registration is required by law.
“It makes sure stray animals are returned to their owner,” she said.
“For the same reason, a dog or cat that is away from home must wear a collar and tag that shows your pet’s name, and your address or telephone number.
“Our message for Eurobodalla’s pet owners is be responsible and think of the comfort of others. That way everyone, four-legged friends included, can enjoy our public spaces.
Visit www.esc.nsw.gov.au/pets for information about responsible pet owners and dog exercise areas.