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Dogs & Pets

The benefits of owning a pet are well known and a big part of coastal living. We encourage and promote responsible pet ownership to enable pets and people to live in harmony. On this page you will find details on:

Register My Dog

We are required by the Act to keep a register of dogs in the local area. To ensure the register is kept up to date, you will need to renew your dog registration every 12 months during July and August.

All dogs aged 3 months or over and living on the property longer than 14 days must be registered with Council. Persons registering a dog must be 16 years of age or older.

You can register your dog by filling in the Dog registration(404 kb) or visiting our Brighton or Glenelg Customer Service Centres.

If you are thinking of getting a third dog, you need to fill in an application form. An Animal Management Officer will check that your property is suitable for extra animals.

3rd Dog Application Form(259 kb)

If you have received your renewal notice click here to pay online .

Failure to register a dog is an offence under the Act and the owner or person responsible for the dog may be fined.

Walking your dog

When walking your dogs in public they are required to be on a lead. However, they can be exercised off the lead in all City of Holdfast Bay’s reserves but must be under effective control at all times.

Effective control off lead is when the dog

  • Responds immediately to voice commands
  • Remains in close proximity and visible at all times (not behind you)
  • Does not approach other people, animals or birds unless permitted by the other person

During daylight savings times, any dog on the beach must be on a lead between the hours of 10am and 8pm.
Biodegradable dog tidy bags are available for purchase from Council Offices and at various locations throughout the City of Holdfast Bay.

Walking your dog on the beach(288 kb)

Dog tidy bags(214 kb)

Barking Dogs

All dogs make noise at some time. However, if you are concerned about the level of noise a dog is creating the first step towards resolving the issue is to try to speak to the owner in a non-threatening manner and try to reach a compromise.

Often the dog owner can be unaware that their dog is causing a nuisance as they may not be at their property when the barking occurs. Most dog owners are willing to work with their neighbours to achieve an amicable outcome.

Should the problem persist please contact an Animal Management Officer on 8229 9999 or email

Dog Attacks or Harassment

Should you become the victim of a dog attack or harassment please report the incident to us immediately.
If a complaint is received, the Officer will investigate and may issue a fine, or if the offence is more serious or repeated, a control order may be issued to the owner to ensure no further attacks or harassments occur.

Teach your children how to behave around dogs. Information is available at The Dog and Cat Management website.

 A dog causing a nuisance, wandering at large or responsible for harassing, attacking or chasing should be reported to our Animal management team immediately. We also provide advice on training and other dog management issues.  You can use our Report a Problem link, or telephone 8229 9999.

Lost and found animals

A lost or found animal should be reported to our Animal Management Officers. You can use our Report a Problem link, or telephone 8229 9999.
Below is a list of recently impounded animals where the owner has not been able to be contacted.

Free Interactive Online Training

This interactive online training is great for:

  • potential/new dog owners prior to obtaining a dog.

FREE Online Training click here (Adobe Flash player is required)

Pets and Noise

Events that involve loud music or noises may affect your pets and compromise their safety. These can include concerts, fireworks or thunderstorms.

Below are some suggestions of how to prepare your pets for these events and keep them safe: 

  • Microchip your pets in case they escape the yard
  • Have an ID tag on your pets collar with your phone number
  • Exercise your pet before the event. This can alleviate anxiety
  • Keep your pet inside for the duration of the event
  • If pets are outside, ensure fences are secure and cannot be jumped
  • Allow your pet to find a space they feel safe. This may include under the bed or in a wardrobe
  • Stay home with your pet during the event if possible
  • Reward your pet for calm behaviour
  • Close windows and doors to minimise the amount of noise
  • Put on music or TV to distract your pet


Breed Colour Sex Registration Date Other Details Photo
Cattle Dog (Cross) Tan & Brown M None 15/03/2018 Animal ID at Shelter (133662) Click for a larger image
Cocker Spaniel Tan M No disc 04/04/2018 Click for a larger image
Other Black F 27/03/2018 Click for a larger image
Other (Cross) white M None 07/04/2018 No Micro Chip Click for a larger image
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