Dog Management

Your dog is important to you. On this page, you will find interesting information and website links to assist you in caring for your dog. Remember, dogs are like children, they cannot look after themselves. You need to provide basic care which consists of:

  • adequate diet
  • clean and fresh water daily
  • medical care (including desexing, microchipping, vaccinations, worming & heartworm treatment as well as care when they are sick or injured)
  • grooming
  • shelter from the elements
  • an education (dog training/manners)
  • and enrichment - taking the dog out, allowing the dog to meet, sniff and explore. The more time you spend with your dog, the stronger your relationship will become. Dogs are loyal, loving creatures that will do anything to please.

Dog and Cat Management Plan

The City of Port Adelaide Enfield Dog and Cat Management Plan is currently under review and expected to be completed in 2016. 


Council provides “dog friendly parks” where owners can exercise their dogs unleashed at any time. The fenced parks have been designed to provide interesting recreational environments for both dogs and owners as well as opportunities for rest and watering.

On and Off Leash Areas:
Streets and Footpaths Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
Open space (i.e. Reserves and Parks) Dogs must be under effective control* but not necessarily on a lead unless signposted.
Children's Play Spaces Dogs are prohibited from all play spaces to remove potential conflict between children and dogs and minimise the risk of serious injury.
Dog on Leash and Dog Free (prohibited) areas Certain reserves have been identified as on leash or dog prohibited to ensure the community has equitable access to Council's open space. Dog on leash and dog prohibited areas are clearly signposted and detailed on the map refer "Dogs on Leash Areas Overview Map".
Dog Parks
  • Jack Watkins Reserve - Churchill Rd, Kilburn
  • L.J. Lewis Reserve - Stirling St, Northfield
  • Roy Marten Park - Taperoo
Dogs on the Beach To ensure a consistent approach to dogs on the beach the following conditions apply:

Daylight Saving (October to March)

  • Before 10:00 am dogs must be under effective control*;
  • Between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm dogs must be on a leash not exceeding 2 metres in length.

Non Daylight Saving (April to September)

  • Dogs must be under effective control* at all times

Desexing & Microchipping

Why is desexing so important?
By desexing your dog you reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases of its reproductive organs. Desexed dogs are much less likely to want to escape from your property and are less likely to fight and get injured. Various forms of antisocial behaviour are eliminated.

Desexing stops the 'heat' cycle in females. Your dog will become more content and settled, and less likely to display anxious or aggressive behaviour. Undesexed female dogs can also experience acute uterine infections and breast cancer. Most important perhaps, is the fact that the community is not burdened with the cost of dealing with unwanted litters of puppies in pounds and shelters. Remember that dumping of puppies is an ethical cost, as well as being illegal and inhumane.

Why is microchipping so important?
A microchipped pet will always be able to be identified because their owners have lifetime membership in a national database such as Central Animal Records. If the animal is lost and may have lost its collar, registration disc and engraved name plate, it can be scanned and its owner quickly identified. The process also means you can legally prove ownership should your dog be stolen.

Still need an incentive to Desex or Microchip your pet?
Council recognises the importance of responsible dog ownership in the community and because of this is offering a 50% reduction in your desexed dogs' annual registration costs and a further 10% reduction for microchipped dogs. All you have to do is provide proof of desexing and microchipping to receive these rebates on your next dog registration.

Desexing and Microchipping Vouchers
Council is offering desexing vouchers to the value of $80 and microchipping vouchers to the value of $20 for redemption at participating vets in our Council area.

To be eligible
Residents must have a dog currently registered with the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.

To apply
Print and return a copy of the Desexing Voucher Application Refer Councils Forms webpage.

Guard Dogs

Special regulations apply to guard gogs in the community. Guard dog owners must comply with the following:

  • The dog must be implanted with a microchip
  • The dog, while on premises of which the person who is responsible for the control of the dog is the occupier, must be kept indoors or in an enclosure that is constructed so as to prevent the dog escaping from it
  • The dog must, at all times, wear a collar that complies with the requirements of the Dog & Cat Management Board (except while the dog is suffering from injury, disease or sickness to the extent that the wearing of a collar would be injurious to the health of the dog)
  • The dog must, except while confined to premises of which the person who is responsible for the control of the dog is the occupier, be under the effective control of a person by means of physical restraint
  • Warning signs (complying with the requirements of the Dog & Cat Management Board) must be prominently displayed at all entrances to premises where the dog is usually kept warning people that an attack trained dog, a guard dog or patrol dog (as the case may be) is kept on the premises including a 24 hour contact telephone number.

Significant penalties apply when when the owners of guard dogs do not meet these regulations.

For further information on this topic, or if you have any questions, please call our helpful Customer Services team on 8405 6600 or send us an email.
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