Local Regulations and Licences

Exercising your dog

Dogs must be exercised on a lead unless they are in a designated dog exercise area. It is recommended that exercising your dog should be done on a daily basis suited to the size and energy of the dog.

Dog exercise areas in Palmerston North

The map below illustrates the specific areas in which you can exercise your dogs. Alternatively you can refer to the Dog Control Bylaw's "Dog Exercise Areas".

Dog on-leash areas

Unless you are exercising your dog in a designated dog exercise area, dogs must be exercised on a lead.

Exercising your dog on a lead provides you with the opportunity to incorporate some basic training which if done on a regular basis, creates a good relationship between dog and owner.

Please refer to Schedule 2 of the Dog Control Bylaw "Dog Exercise Areas" pg. 15 or check out the map below to view the green areas where dogs can be exercised on a leash

Dog off-leash areas 

Off the lead exercise is only permitted in designated areas within the city. This means that when you are with your dog, the dog is allowed off the leash but remains under your supervision and control. A dog lead must be carried at all times.

Exercise off the lead provides an excellent opportunity to observe your dog's general health while also providing the chance to play and socialise with them.

If training needs to be incorporated with exercise then we advise you to do the training at the outset followed by exercise off the lead. This is more rewarding for your dog as opposed to letting them loose then confining them to a lead. An association by the dog between on lead training and restriction of their movements can damage the effects of previous work achieved on a lead, which therefore creates a setback with your basic training.

Please refer to Schedule 2 of the Dog Control Bylaw "Dog Exercise Areas" pg. 15 or check out the map below to view the yellow areas where dogs can be exercised off the leash.

Prohibited Public Places

As a general guideline, you may exercise your dog(s) in the majority of the city's many parks available to the public. You may not exercise your dog(s) in any prohibited places.

For more information please refer to Schedule 1 of the Dog Control Bylaw "Dog Exercise Areas" pg. 14 or check out the map below to view the red areas where dogs are prohibited on and off the leash.

Dog Exercise Map Index