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Responsible Dog Ownership

About the Program

The Responsible Dog Ownership Program (RDOP) is run by the Bairnsdale and District Dog Obedience Club (BDDOC) in conjunction with Council to encourage people to train their dogs, as well as having them for family pets.


Courses are free and  held on Saturday mornings at the start of each School Term commencing at 9.30am at the Lucknow Oval, Omeo Highway Lucknow.


To join the program your dog has to be fully vaccinated and registered. Please produce Vaccination Certificate and Council registration numbers on enrolment day.


Council provides a rebate on the dog registration fees to those who successfully complete the course and receive a Proficiency Certificate. A copy of this certificate is required to be submitted to qualify for Council Category 2 registration fees.


Four 9 - 10 week courses are held each year, commencing at the start of each school term.

  • Learn how to train your dog to heel, sit, stand, drop, and come and much more.
  • Lectures from local vets and club members on how to care for your dog’s needs.
  • Advice from Council officers on how to be responsible for your dog within the community.
  • Achieve a better relationship between you and your dog by spending a little more time with it on a regular basis.
  • Bring your family along to training so that the family members can get a better understanding of their responsibilities when owning a dog.


The 10 Commandments of Dog and Cat Ownership

1. Feed an adequate balanced diet

2. Supply clean cool water at all times

3. Provide a cosy dry sleeping area

4. Provide the dog with regular exercise and allow the pet regular family contact

5. Protect the health of the dog and cat, particularly with vaccinations, regular worm control including Heartworm for dogs, and control of fleas and ticks
6. Register your dog and cat with Council and ensure the registration tag and owners name and address is on the collar when the dog is outside the home. Registration with your local Council is required by law, and also provides the best form of identification should your pet be lost.
7. Confine the dog to the property at all times, preferably in the backyard. Cats should be kept indoors at night time. Council requires cats to be contained at all times.
8. Train the dog so that it is not a nuisance to neighbours, for example, by barking or attacking other people or animals.
9. Dogs and cats that are not used for breeding should be desexed, preferably when they are six months old. Female dogs that are not desexed require a fully enclosed pen, including a roof. Dogs are in season for three weeks, usually twice per year. Female cats that are not desexed should be kept inside when in season. Cats can come in season every two weeks between Spring and Autumn.
10. Ensure the cat or dog is adequately cared for during holidays, preferably at a Council registered boarding kennel or cattery.


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