On-Leash and Off-Leash Areas

When walking your dog around Greater Shepparton, including in parks, reserves, roads and footpaths, you must keep your dog restrained on a leash. Council provides a designated off-leash dog park where you can exercise your dog off leash. To ensure the park can be used by all, there are some rules that you need to follow.

As of October 2018, the following rules apply to dogs in Greater Shepparton:

2. Prohibited areas

A dog must not enter or remain in any Prohibited Area regardless of whether the dog is on a chain, cord or leash or otherwise controlled or not controlled.

3. Dogs must be on leash

The person in apparent control of any dog must keep the dog restrained by means of a chain, cord or leash not greater than 3 metres in length, and is attached to the dog when the dog is:

  1. in any reserve, or area other than a Designated Area; or
  2. in any Public Place in the municipality;

and the chain, cord or leash must be either held by or attached to the person in apparent control of the dog or securely fastened to a post or other fixture and the dog remains under sight or voice control by the person.

4. Dogs in Designated Area

Subject to clause 5 and clause 6, a dog may be exercised off a chain, cord or leash in a Designated Area, if the person in apparent control:

  1. carries a chain, cord or leash sufficient to bring the dog under effective control by placing the dog on a chain, cord or leash;
  2. remains in effective voice and/or hand control of the dog and within constant sight of the dog so as to be able to promptly bring the dog under control by placing the dog on a chain, cord or leash;
  3. ensures that the dog;
    1. is not allowed to worry, rush at, bite, attack or otherwise threaten any person or animal;
    2. is prevented from breeding or attempt to breed with any other dog;
    3. is prevented from causing damage and or injury to any person or animal;
    4. is prevented from digging, burrowing or otherwise disturbing turf, grassed areas or the earth in any way; and
    5. is restrained and prevented from damaging property or Council assets; and
  4. does not attend the Designated Area if their dog is on heat or for the specific purposes of breeding;
  5. does not behave in an offensive, violent, threatening or intimidating manner; and
  6. complies with all directions or requirements for use of the Designated Area, as signposted by Council.

5. Restriction on number of dogs

A person must not have more than 4 dogs under the person’s apparent control (whether on or off leash) in a Public Place or Designated Area at any one time.

6. Non-application to specified dogs or greyhounds

Clause 2 of this Order does not apply to guide dogs, guide dogs in training, guide dog puppies and accredited service dogs.

Clause 4 of this Order does not apply to any dog which has been declared a dangerous dog, menacing dog or restricted breed dog under the Act, or to a greyhound that must be restrained in accordance with the restraint requirements at section 27 of the Act.

7. Meaning of Words

In this Order:

Act means the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

Council means Greater Shepparton City Council.

Designated Area means any of the following reserves or part of the reserves:

  • Ducat Reserve, Patterson Road Shepparton, within the fenced area signposted by Council as the ‘off leash dog park’.

person means a natural person.

Prohibited Area means an area (including an area on or between specified times and on or between specified dates) described as:

  • any children’s playground; and
  • within 10 metres of the perimeter of any children’s playground.

Public Place has the meaning given to it in the Summary Offences Act 1966, but does not include a public place that is on private land.

Offences

If an owner walks their dog off leash (except in a Designated Area), in a Prohibited Area, or does not comply with any of the conditions of the order, the owner is guilty of an offence and liable to a penalty of up to 2 penalty units (approximately $317) for a first offence and 4 penalty units (approximately $634) for a second or subsequent offence.

Off-Leash Dog Park

Greater Shepparton City Council recognises an off-leash dog park is beneficial for the health and wellbeing of dogs. Ducat Reserve on Paterson Road in Shepparton has been designated as an off-leash dog park.

Location

Ducat Reserve, Paterson Road, Shepparton

Off-Leash Dog Park Rules

The person in apparent control of the dog must:

  • carry a chain, cord or leash sufficient to bring the dog under effective control by placing the dog on a chain, cord or leash
  • remain in effective voice and/or hand control of the dog and within constant sight of the dog so as to be able to promptly bring the dog under control by placing the dog on a chain, cord or leash
  • ensure that the dog:
    • is not allowed to worry, rush at, bite, attack or otherwise threaten any person or animal
    • is prevented from breeding or attempting to breed with any other dog;
    • is prevented from causing damage and or injury to any person or animal
    • is prevented from digging, burrowing or otherwise disturbing turf, grassed areas or the earth in any way
    • is restrained and prevented from damaging property or Council assets
  • not attend the Designated Area if their dog is on heat or for the specific purposes of breeding
  • not behave in an offensive, violent, threatening or intimidating manner
  • comply with all directions or requirements for use of the Designated Area, as signposted by Council.

A person must not have more than 4 dogs under the person’s apparent control (whether on or off leash) in the Designated Area at any one time.

The current rules signposted at the Off Leash Dog Park are:

  • Keep your dog under effective control.
  • Ensure your dog is wearing its current registration tag.
  • Supervise children carefully around dogs.
  • Children under 16 must be supervised by an adult.
  • One adult should supervise no more than 4 dogs.
  • Remove your dog if it becomes aggressive.
  • Owners must clean up after their dogs.
  • No smoking.

The park is monitored by Council's Animal Management team and the Off Leash Dog Park Committee. To ensure the success of the park, residents need to ensure rules are obeyed.

For more information call Council offices on 03 5832 9700.