Household pets, usually dogs and cats, are part of the family in many Darwin homes. They are wonderful companions and loved members of the family. The health and social benefits of having pets are widely recognised. Most pet owners are usually healthy, happy and independent, more active, enjoy affection and unconditional love, feel more secure, do not feel lonely and suffer less from depression and stress.

Children who grow up with pets have higher self esteem and improved social skills with a good understanding of discipline and responsibility. Children learn how to share their time and companionship with a pet that is reliant on them and are more likely to be responsible pet owners of the future.

However owning a dog is also a large responsibility that should not be taken lightly. This website provides a lot of informaton about responsible dog ownership in Darwin. For more information about care of pet dogs in Darwin, please view the following information sheet:

Caring For Your Dog - information sheet

Wild Dog Trapping Program

To effectively manage wild dog populations, from time to time Council may employ the services of an experienced contractor to set up a trapping program to capture and remove wild dogs. 

The welfare of the community and domestic animals is Council’s priority. All trapped animals will be managed in accordance with the Parks and Wildlife Commission Act 2004.

If you have any queries on this program or would like to report a sighting please phone 8930 0600 or email