Responsible pet ownership

Dog Obedience Certificate

The Wiltja Dog Obedience Club can assess your dog for the Dog Obedience Certificate issued under the Domestic Animals Act 1994. The certificate tests

  • on-lead control of your dog
  • calling your dog from a distance
  • a stay exercise
  • human and dog interaction.

A dog can be assessed for the Obedience Certificate if

  • An owner considers their dog has reached the required level of proficiency.
  • And the dogs 12 months of age
  • And the dog is immunised

Dog Obedience Certificate preparation training

The Wiltja Dog Club runs a free five week course for dogs that need training before sitting the test.

Course dates

Sunday 22 April 2018

Sunday 5 August 2018

The training is free, however a $30 fee (prescribed by the Regulations) for sitting the Obedience Certificate must be paid at the time of booking. 

Bookings and information

Contact Claude Tonna on 9009 1212


Pet Expo

Nillumbik’s annual Pet Expo is a day for pets and their owners to enjoy.

The event has entertainment and activities including displays by working dog breeds, activities for children and a variety of animals to consider as pets.

The Pet Expo is Council’s longest running event and attracts over 5,000 people each year and is an educational, fun-filled family day out.

The 2018 Pet Expo will take place later in the year with a date and location to be confirmed.


Domestic Animal Management Plan

The Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021 provides a strategic direction for domestic animals. The Plan promotes responsible pet ownership which benefits pet owners, their pets and the wider community.

See the plan on the Strategies, legislation and policies page