|Under the Dog Control Act 1996, dog owners are required to:
- Register their dog with their local council and microchip it as required
- Keep their dogs under control at all times
- Take all reasonable steps to ensure their dogs do not injure or intimidate people or animals
- Ensure that their dog has food, water and shelter.
Everyone can take steps to avoid risky situations around dogs. To see how, start with 8 Simple Safety Tips.
Most incidents happen at home, usually to children and usually by a dog that is familiar to the person injured. It’s especially important therefore to supervise children around dogs, and when children are old enough, to teach them sensible dog safety rules.