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Keeping Pets Safe and Secure at Home

Keeping Pets Safe and Secure at Home

Reducing roaming dogs in our community

Repeat attempts to keep your pet confined to the yard may be frustrating, but every escape opens up the possibility of tragic consequences. If your dog is running loose, they are in danger of being hit by a car, injured in a fight with another dog, or hurt in any number of other ways.

You're also liable for any damage or injury your dog may cause, and you may be required to pay a fine if they are picked up by an animal control.

To prevent escapes, you'll need to find out how your dog is getting out of the yard, and more importantly, why they are so determined to get out.

Remove climbing aids.

Walk around the yard and take note of anything close enough to the fence that can be used to climb on, such as wood piles, garbage cans, playground equipment, benches, chairs, or they may be going under fences.

Have your dog De-sexed  to prevent the urge annually to find a mate and prevent unwanted pregnancies.

Ways to keep your dog secure in your yard

  • Install an airlock or double gate.
  • Make sure all the latches on gates and fences are secure. If you have a gate that blows open or a latch that does not stay shut, add a lock or hook-and-eye closure.
  • Make the yard their happy place.
  • The backyard should not be a prison; it should be a haven, shelter, and playground.
  • Make sure they have plenty fresh water and some shade. For fun, bring out a treat-dispensing toy. Rotate your dog’s toys to keep them interested.

The Compliance Team at the Wairoa District Council encourage you to do your back yard checks and recommend expanding your dog's world and increasing their "people time" with exercise, socialising, toys and interacting with them every day.

14 December 2023

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