Dogs left outside of NARC

We kindly ask that you do not temporarily tether your dog outside of our venue during your visit as it becomes a matter of community safety and also a hazard for your pup.

Dogs, no matter how friendly or well-behaved, must be on a leash in public areas, with their owners ensuring they are under control at all times.

A normally friendly dog can become unpredictable and may resort to aggressive behaviour if it experiences stress or fear. Public places expose dogs to various stimuli that can overwhelm them, making it crucial for owners to be present to provide comfort and assurance.

A few reasons why it is not a good idea to leave a dog tethered in a public place: 

A normally friendly dog can be unpredictable and may lead to biting if the dog experiences stress or fear. That is why it is important for a person to be with their dog in public places where they are more likely to experience a variety or stimulus that can become overwhelming and stressful for the dog.

Unfortunately, local authorities attend many reports for dog bites on other animals and people. In most instances owners said their dogs had never bitten before and they had no reason to believe their dog would bite. Past behaviour is not always a reliable indicator for predicting future behaviour.

In the past there have been cases that involved dogs tethered in public places resulting in injuries to passers-by.

We need to ensure safe access and usability for people of all ages and abilities in public places, which is impacted by dogs tethered near NARC entrances.

Dogs left unattended may be exposed to theft or injury.

Through the summer it gets very hot outside on the concrete which could lead your dog to become dehydrated and heat affected.

The best way to keep your dog and other people safe is to ensure you don’t leave your dog unattended in a public place.

The responsibility lies with owners to guarantee the safety of their pets and contribute to the overall well-being of the community.

Effective control of your dog means more than just obeying the rules; it’s about fostering a secure and harmonious environment for all.