More about dogs


Barking dogs

All dogs bark, but some barking dogs become a nuisance. Excessive, persistent barking is one of the most disruptive neighbourhood issues and requires immediate attention. Dog owners are required to take reasonable action in regard to nuisance behaviour such as barking. Failure to do so, may result in an infringement notice being issued.

If you have a dog whose barking is becoming a nuisance, refer to the fact sheet Nuisance Barking Dogs for some tips on how to address the problem. You can also take your dog to obedience classes or speak to your veterinarian for advice.

If you live near a dog that is barking excessively, you can approach the owner if you feel it is safe to do so. The owner may be unaware of the problem due to being away from home while the dog barks. If you feel the owner may be unapproachable or the problem behaviour remains, contact us to make a complaint to Ranger Services.

Dangerous dogs

The Dog Act 1976 has recently been amended to strengthen the provisions around dangerous dogs. Any dog can be dangerous. The Act identifies three types of dangerous dogs:

  • restricted breed as recognised under the Act;
  • declared by the Local Government‚Äč; and
  • commercial security dog.

Restricted breeds

The following breeds of dogs have been identified by the Commonwealth Government as being particularly aggressive.  They have been banned from import into Australia and each State and territory has introduced legislation to protect the community from these breeds.

  • Dogo Argentino;
  • Fila Brasileiro;
  • Japanese tosa;
  • American pit bull terrier;
  • Pit bull terrier;
  • Perro de presa Canario or Presa Canario; and
  • A mix of two or more breeds, one being a restricted breed.

For more information, particularly on the responsibilities of the owner of a restricted breed dog, refer to the fact sheet Dangerous Dogs - Restricted.

Declared dogs

Local governments are able to declare a dog dangerous based on its behaviour. Reasons that a dog may be declared dangerous include the dog:

  • causing injury or damage by an attack, or chasing, a person or animal;
  • repeatedly showing a tendency to attack or chase, a person, animal or vehicle; or
  • threatening to attack.

A local government must give written notice to the owner declaring the dog to be dangerous. Seven days after the notice is given, the declaration takes effect. The owner must comply with the Act to identify their dog as a declared dog and put in place the protection measures within the seven days. More information can be found in the fact sheet Dangerous Dogs - Declared.

Dog exercise areas

The Shire of Manjimup has specific dog exercise areas where dog owners can have their dog/s off the lead. Download the information to find out where and how you can use these areas.

Wandering dogs

As a dog owner you MUST make sure that your dog is not able to wander off your property. A condition of registration is that all dogs be wholly confined within their premises. Wandering dogs may be impounded and the owner fined. Penalty may be incurred. If your dog causes damage, or injuries to a person or another animal while it is wandering, you may be liable for the damage.

If you find a wandering dog, contact us as soon as possible. If you keep the dog without reporting it to Ranger Services, the dog's owner may not be able to find it.

If your dog is missing, contact us as soon as possible. The dog may have already been impounded or reported as being picked up by someone else, in which case the Shire can advise you of the dog's whereabouts.

Page reviewed: 19 Dec 2018 3:26pm