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nullThe city's rangers are involved in helping people to be responsible dog owners and help to enforce the local laws relating to animals. It is a requirement that all dogs are registered with your local council and dogs are looked after adequately to ensure their needs are met and the dog is not a nuisance to the community.

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Dog registration

All dogs aged three months and over must be registered with the local council. The registration period is from 1 November to 31 October in the following year. In addition to being a legal requirement, having your dog registered with the City of Subiaco is also beneficial if your dog has escaped and is found wandering, in which case, we can use the information we have collected from you, to return the dog to it's home rather than having it impounded.

Download the dog registration form (PDF, 522KB). 

Dog Registration Fee Structure

Fees One year Three years Lifetime
Unsterilised dog $50 $120 $250
Sterilised dog $20 $42.50 $100

Pensioners are eligible for 50 per cent off the fees upon production of a current Pensioners Concession Card, State Concession Card or Statutory Declaration quoting the Pension number.

Dog control

Your dog must remain under your control at all times, either within the confines of your property, on a leash when in a public place, or unleashed in a prescribed exercise area.  Dogs are strictly prohibited within twenty meters of all children's playgrounds at all times.

Dangerous dogs

Local governments may declare a dog dangerous if it attacks, shows a tendency to attack, or repeatedly rushes, threatens or chases people or animals. Once a dog has been declared dangerous it will have to be muzzled at all times when in a public place. If you have been attacked or are aware of a dangerous dog in your neighbourhood, in the first instance the matter should be addressed to the city. Rangers can be contacted on 9237 9222.

The City of Subiaco dog pound is located at the Shenton Park Dog Refuge Home. They have a "pro-life" policy, which means that any dog not claimed from the pound will be re-homed unless it has shown that it is likely to attack.

If your dog strays, or you find a stray dog, please telephone Ranger Services on 9237 9222 or visit the Dogs' Refuge Home, at Lemnos Street, Shenton Park. Further information can be found on the Shenton Park Dog Refuge website.

Dogs in public

A dog is required to wear a collar, registration tag and a tag showing the owners name and address. The penalty for a dog being in a public place without a collar and these tags is $200.

It is also the responsibility of the person in control of a dog in a public place to clean up after the dog. Yellow "pooch bags" are available in designated exercise areas, and other parks and reserves.

Exercise and play

Providing your dog with enough exercise and play is an important responsibility for dog owners. Exercise is good for your dogs health and can help prevent some behaviour problems. At least twenty minutes per day should be set aside for walking, obedience training and play.

Dogs must be kept under control or on a leash when in public. They may be unleashed in designated exercise areas but must remain under control, this generally means the dog must be responsive to commands from an attendant.

Designated dog exercise areas

  • Mueller Park between Roberts and Subiaco Roads, near Perth Modern School
  • Cliff Sadlier Park, Cunningham Terrace, Daglish
  • Railway Reserve, Stubbs Terrace, Jolimont
  • Rankin Reserve, Railway Road, Shenton Park
  • Rosalie Park, except where the Park is being used for active sporting events including training
  • Kitchener Park Roberts Road, adjacent to Subiaco Oval
  • The Palms Rokeby Road/Nicholson Road, Subiaco
  • Subiaco Common Oval (Portion of Reserve 45999)

These exercise areas marked are not to be used when a function sports or other approved activity is in progress. Owners are reminded that dogs are prohibited within twenty metres of all children's playgrounds in public spaces and that it is a requirement that persons must have control of the dog at all times, whether on a lead or not.

Dogs at home

Fencing should be of a quality standard that prevents dogs from escaping. The type of fence you need will depend on the size and activity level of your dog. The dog must not be able to jump or climb over, dig under or push through a fence.It is important that your property is well equipped and adequately fenced to ensure a dog is contained. Fencing should be of a quality standard that prevents dogs from escaping. The type of fence you need will depend on the size and activity level of your dog and it must not be able to jump, climb over, dig under or push through the fence.

Dogs in the sun

Like human beings, dogs can also become victim to heat exhaustion if left without the means to keep cool.
Heat exhaustion is caused when dogs are:

  • left unattended in vehicles
  • left outdoors without proper shelter or shade throughout the day
  • left in poorly ventilated garages and rooms
  • left with no access to water
  • jogging with their owner during the hottest part of the day
  • not being looked after at the beach.

Symptoms can include vomiting, coma, extreme lethargy, diarrhoea and shock. To treat, act quickly and immerse your dog in cool water until its body temperature is lowered, apply ice packs to the head and neck, and take your dog to the vet immediately.

Barking dogs

Owners are responsible for ensuring their dogs do not create a nuisance by barking excessively. Residents affected by barking dogs may lodge a complaint with the city.

Dogs that bark excessively usually do so when their owners aren't home, and when the dog is feeling anxious and isolated. Dogs may also bark because of inappropriate confinement, passing distractions, guarding, discomfort or attention seeking.

Simple tips to stop barking dogs:

  • Train your dog to disassociate barking with attention, by ignoring it when it barks and instead giving it attention when it is quiet.
  • A radio playing softly may help to block any noise which may be causing the dog to bark.
  • If the dog barks at regular disturbances, such as children walking to school or rubbish trucks, keep the dog inside or enclosed at these times.
  • Ensure the dog has adequate exercise, food, water and shelter.
  • If it barks at people passing by, try blocking the dog's view.
  • Use obedience training to teach the dog to stop barking on command.

Dog attacks

Dog attacks are a very serious matter. If your dog attacks another person you will be held responsible even if you were not there at the time. The only exemption is where the dog was provoked to attack. A dog attack includes a dog aggressively rushing at or attempting to attack a person or animal, as well as tearing clothing, biting or causing physical injury. You should report dog attacks immediately to the city's rangers.

There are certain times and places where a dog is more likely to be aggressive. By being aware and avoiding or acting appropriately in these danger zones, you may avoid being attacked, or prevent your dog from attacking someone else. These danger zones include:

  • on the dog owners property, where it may react to intruders
  • close to its owner's property if it doesn't recognise its boundary or limit
  • in or on the back of a vehicle which the dog may recognise as part of its territory
  • at a local park or street where the dog regularly walks and has marked its territory.
  • protecting its owner when walking on a leash
  • when the dog is nervous, feels cornered or is being grabbed or pulled.

Dogs should always be supervised when around children, especially if there is food around. Obedience training will help you control your dog's behaviour.

For further information please refer to the laws for responsible dog owners brochure (PDF, 639KB)