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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.
If unsure what breed or cross-breed is best suited to your lifestyle, talk to the local vet or ring the RSPCA.

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?

  • Make sure your dog is registered. It is a requirement under the Dog Act that all dogs over three months are registered.
  • Please ensure your dog wears both the registration tag and some form of identification. If your pet does go missing, by having it registered and wearing a collar with clear identification, you should be re-united with your pet quickly.
  • Please abide by our dog exercise areas and dogs on leash requirements and always take a “doggy” bag to clean up after your animal. It makes recreation a pleasant experience for all.  Please be aware that dogs must always be under adequate control even when in a designated dog exercise area. For more information, download our Dogs in Public Places brochure and check for dog exercise areas on these maps:  City Map 356.55 Kb ,  Area 1 135.98 Kb ,  Area 2 147.32 Kb,  Area 3 159.98 Kb.
  • Please seek help if your dog barks or creates a nuisance to neighbours. It can so often be resolved in a simple and effective manner. 
  • TRIAL DOG EXERCISE AREAS – CANNING VALE - The City is going to trial seven parks in Canning Vale which are to be designated Dog Exercise Areas for a trial period of six months, please see the attached map of theses areas.

The trial will run from Tuesday 7th February 2017 to Tuesday 8th August 2017.The City is seeking comment from residents during the first three months of the trial and your feedback would be welcome.  

Please provide your comments by Tuesday 9th May 2017.The community feedback will be reported to Council  during the latter part of the trial so that Council can determine which parks will be specified permanently as dog exercise areas.

To provide comment please contact the City:

By mail to City of Canning, Locked Bag 80 WELSHPOOL 6986

By email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

By telephone  to 1300 422 664

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

  • All dogs over the age of three months must now be microchipped prior to registration. The amendment to the Dog Act 1976 came into effect on 1 November and applies to all new dog registrations.
  • Residents need to microchip new pets prior to registration. Owners of dogs already registered have until 2015 to microchip their dog.
  • The barcode on the chip is linked to your contact details and recorded on a central database for the life of your dog. This means your dog is permanently identified Australia wide and can be safely returned to you if it were to become lost.
  • All local vets with-in the City of Canning offer micro-chipping services.


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.


Restricted Breeds

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:

  • Specified collars that the dogs must wear at all times.
  • Displaying signs on properties where these dogs are kept.
  • Dogs to be leashed and muzzled in public.
  • Keeping the dogs in an escape-proof and child-proof enclosure.
  • Strict notification procedures.
  • Owners to be over 18.

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.

If you have any enquiries on these regulations, please contact Ranger and Community Safety Services on 1300 422 664 or download our Dangerous Dogs brochure.


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

For more information phone 1300 4 CANNING (or 1300 422 664) during business hours.