Exercising in off-lead areas

It's important to understand the requirements for exercising your pets in off-lead areas, get the details here

Darebin’s Guide to Exercising in a Dog Off-lead area

It is important you adhere to the following rules to keep dogs and people safe.


  • Don’t enter the park if your dog is unvaccinated, aggressive or on heat
  • It is the owner’s responsibility to clean up after their dog. Always carry waste bags and dispose of these responsibly, either in the nearest bin or at your bin at home. Failure to clean up after your dog can result in fines being issued.
  • Dog owners must carry a lead at all times and place dog on lead before leaving.
  • Only remove your dog’s leash once you have entered the signed designated off-lead area.
  • Supervise your dog’s play at all times. Once inside, it is your job to keep eye on your dog and know where they are and what they are doing at all times.
  • Ensure your dog can be controlled by the sound of your voice.
  • Ensure your dog does not threaten other people or animals (owners are subject to liability from issues that may arise). Remove your dog immediately if they appear afraid or displaying aggressive behaviour.
  • Respect all park users, please remember that some people are afraid of dogs, and a responsible dog owner will not allow their dog to approach other community members without checking in to see if that is okay.
  • Remember to pick a suitable time to visit. If you are visiting for the first time, it might be a good idea to arrange to take your dog during non-peak times to allow your dog to get acquainted with the environment without the distraction of multiple dogs.
  • Closely monitor your dog’s behaviour and body language. Not all dogs enjoy playing with others. Monitor your dog’s temperament to ensure that your dog is comfortable.

Important signs to look out for to show that your dog may be feeling anxious or stressed can include;

  • Their tail is between the legs.
  • Excessing urinating.
  • Always observe and obey posted park signage.

If your dog is uncomfortable or displaying these signs, Council suggests you remove them from the park and maybe try visiting another time when it is not so busy.