All dog owners must securely confine dogs to their property, or they risk being fined if their dog escapes.
A dog of any size or breed can become aggressive when defending its territory. Most dog attacks in public occur on a footpath or road surrounding the dog's property.
All dog owners must securely confine dogs to their property according to the Domestic (Feral and Nuisance) Animals Act 1994.
This means your yard must have a closed gate, and an escape-proof fence that your dog can not jump over, get under or walk through. You can be fined even if your dog doesn't leave your property but manages to get through your gates or fence.
Visitors to your home must have safe access to your front door without being stopped by your dog. Ensure your dog is properly confined, keep it in the backyard behind a locked gate.
A dog attack can be very distressing for everyone involved, particularly if the victim is a child or is badly injured. By securely confining your dog it will also be safe from other dogs, traffic injuries, and prevents the dog from becoming lost.