Dogs can attack when they feel provoked or when they think their owner might be threatened. It’s important to know how to behave around dogs, for example:
- don't approach or run away from a dog
- don't use fast or sudden movements
- don't look directly into a dog's eyes or lean over it (these are dominant behaviours)
- always ask the owner first if you want to pat their dog.
Always mind young children around dogs. If a dog appears threatening, back away slowly and try to keep a defensive barrier between you, but don't use anything as a weapon.
If a dog is aggressive and intimidating, the Council may take the following actions:
- issue a warning or infringement notice
- file a prosecution (if the offence or harm is significant)
- classify the owner as probationary or disqualify them from ownership
- classify the dog as dangerous or menacing
- impound the dog while a court decision is made.