Caring for Dogs
Extra care in hot weather
Due to the extreme weather conditions during summer months, please ensure your pet has access to ample clean, cool drinking water and shade. Extra sources of water, such as a small wading pond, can help reduce the risk of heat stress to your pet. Ensure water bowls are situated in shaded areas and not in direct sunlight during the day. Heat stress in animals can develop very quickly, so here are a few tips on caring for your pet during hot weather:
- DO NOT exercise your pet during the heat of the day – exercise your pet in the early morning and/or late evening.
- Bitumen, concrete, bare ground and ute trays will burn paws in very hot temperatures. If you are unable to walk on the hot ground barefoot, chances are your dog won’t be able to either.
- NEVER, under any circumstances, leave your pet alone in a vehicle, or on the back of a vehicle – it takes just six minutes for a dog to die in a hot car – even if the vehicle is parked in shade.
- Top up your pet’s water bowl regularly.
Dogs over six months of age must be registered, and should be desexed. Council also recommends microchipping as the best method of identification to return lost animals to their owners. More information about registration and microchipping can be found here.
Where can I walk my dog?
Dogs can be exercised off-leash at certain parks in Alice Springs from the hours of 5am-8am and again from 5pm-8pm. A full list of these parks can be found here. Dogs are required to be under effective control of owners at all times. This means that owners must be close enough to their dog to issue commands, and all dogs must respond to commands instantly. Any dog deemed by Rangers to be not under the control of its owner may be required to be put on-leash.
Excluding Anzac Oval and TIO Traeger Park, dogs may be exercised on Council sporting grounds between 5am and 8am. A full list of Council Sporting Facilities can be found here.
For the enjoyment of all users, please pick up after your pets. Council supplies ‘doggy do’ bags and bins at most park locations across the municipality. Please report damaged bins or empty ‘doggy do’ bag containers to Council Rangers on 8950 0500.
Dingoes are dangerous
Dingoes are a protected species in the NT. Central Australia is home to a large population of dingoes which forms a valuable part of the regional ecosystem.
However dingoes are known to target, lure and injure domestic animals of all sizes, and can be extremely dangerous.
While Council actively minimises the threat that dingoes pose to residents and pets, these predators remain a constant presence on the town’s perimeter. During extremely hot weather, dingoes will venture further into urban areas seeking water and food. Council Rangers strongly recommend that care and vigilance is exercised when walking dogs through scrubland, even in urban areas.
Though dingoes may be more cautious around humans, it is imperative to keep your pet nearby and under effective control, preferably on-leash, in order to lower the risk of an attack. Walking dogs off-leash in scrubland may appear to be safe, however your pet can quickly become separated and vulnerable to an unseen dingo. Aside from certain parks, exercising dogs on-leash is compulsory under Alice Springs Town Council by-laws.
If you see a dingo within the municipality, please contact NTG Parks & Wildlife Rangers on 8951 8250 or 0401 115 731. To report wild or stray dogs, please call Council’s Ranger Unit on 8950 0500.
For further information on dingoes, click here.