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Glenferrie dogs in the spotlight

Hawthorn's Glenferrie Road is a regular hang out for many local pooches; they are walked up and down the footpaths, some go into the shops and cafes, some stop for a drink or a sniff and some wait outside shops and soak up the attention from passersby.

According to Animal Medicines Australia's 2016 report on Pet Ownership in Australia, almost two in five households own a dog, with an estimated national dog population of 4.6 million.

These cute and cuddly pets are just as much a part of the community as we humans are, but what is the etiquette when approaching someone else's dog?

Tips from Agriculture Victoria on petting a dog on the street: 1. Always ask the owner for permission to pet the dog. 2. Walk slowly towards dogs when approaching them, you don't want to scare them! 3. Allow the dog to sniff you and become familiar with you. 4. Pet the dog gently once they are relaxed and comfortable around you.

Local dog laws General dog etiquette is an important way of ensuring everyone is safe and respectful within the community. The majority of Melbourne metropolitan councils have local laws relating to dog poo removal from public areas, with fines ranging from $50 to $200. Keeping your dog controlled and on a leash is also a very important measure taken to sustain the safety of everyone. If your dog attacks a person or an animal, owners may be liable for thousands of dollars and can have their dog seized and euthanized. By sticking with the general guidelines of dog walking around urban areas everyone can enjoy our furry friends courteously.

Are you the master?

According to if when you walk your dog your dog walks beside you, you are the dogs master. If your dog walks in front of you, the dog is the master and you are simply the owner. If your dog walks behind you, you've exhausted the poor thing and walked too far!

Glenferrie Inaugural Dog Show

The Glenferrie Traders Association are planning the Glenferrie Festival's first dog show.

Information taken from states entry to the Dog Show is free and those interested must register on the day of the festival at the Petstock stall (located next to the main stage under the rail bridge) between 10am and 11:30am. The Dog Show will start at 12pm with many prizes to be won in categories such as Best Dressed, Best Owner/Dog Combo, Best Dog Overall, and more. Visit the Glenferrie Traders Association festival website ( for more information.

Dog friendly street guide

The Glenferrie Times is putting together a guide to dog friendly shops in the area, read it here!

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