Caring for your dog
Dogs are wonderful companions, providing their owners with years of love and devotion. While most owners treat their animals as a member of the family, there are some who forget the responsibility that comes with owning a pet.
What makes a responsible owner?
Just loving your dog isn’t enough. Caring for the animal’s needs and obeying the laws that control the ownership of dogs, are the major components of being a responsible owner.
The responsibility begins even before choosing your pet. Make sure your yard is secure and that you have adequate shelter and water for the animal. Prepare yourself for a walk every day – dogs need exercise, no matter the breed or size.
Look at your lifestyle, your family and, of course, your backyard! There is no point in choosing a large dog that needs plenty of exercise if you are a busy single person who lives in a small unit.
Make sure your pet is vaccinated for Canine Distemper, Viral Hepatitis, Parvo Virus and Kennel Cough. First vaccination comes at 6-8 weeks, second at 12-16 weeks. Adult dogs should be given a “booster” every twelve months.
Now that you have chosen your companion, what are your responsibilities if you live in the City of Canning?
Change of Ownership
Is your dog going to a new owner? If so, please click here to download the 'Notification of Change of Ownership' form.
Microchipping your dog
We receive and investigate around 2,000 dog-related complaints each year, many of which could be avoided. For any further enquiries, contact Ranger and Community Safety Services on 1300 422 664.
For more information about being a responsible owner, download our Dogs - Responsible Owners brochure.
Animal Care Facility
If you and your pet are separated, check the Animal Care Facility in Bannister Road, Canning Vale, open Monday to Friday from 4.30-5.30pm and on weekends from 4-5pm.
Contact the Facility during these hours on 9455 4632. Any enquiries outside of these hours can be made to Ranger and Community Safety Services on 1300 422 664. Remember, impounded animals are displayed on this web-site and on notice-boards in our libraries.
As you may be aware, the State Government has introduced tough new regulations on restricted dog breeds. The regulations are similar to those for declared dangerous dogs and include:
The prohibited breeds are dogo Argentino, fila Brasileiro, Japanese tosa, American pit bull terrier and pit bull terrier breeds and any dog that has a part of these breeds.
Barking dogs, dog attack, stray dogs
Do barking dogs annoy you? Don’t know what to do in case of a dog attack or anti-social behaviour by dogs in your neighbourhood? What do you do with a stray?
We can help you with these issues.
Call Ranger and Community Safety Services on 1300 422 664, pick up a pamphlet from the front counter at our Administration Centre, ask for the relevant information to be posted to you or download our Barking Dogs brochure.