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Dogs On Site Policy

Dogs On Site Policy

Policy details

  • Date created - 27/11/2023
  • Date reviewed - 27/11/2026
  • Next review date - 27/11/2026


  • Purpose
  • Policy Statement
  • Exceptions
  • Enforcement
  • Reporting
  • Review
  • Reasons for policy


The purpose of this policy is to ensure the safety and well-being of all students, staff, and visitors to the College.

Policy Statement

Dogs are not allowed on the grounds at any time, except for:

  • Working dogs e.g Police and defence  
  • Dogs used for educational purposes, such as therapy dogs or dogs used in animal-assisted therapy programs


The Principal may grant exceptions to this policy on a case-by-case basis. Requests for exceptions must be made in writing to the Principal and must include:

  • The reason for the request
  • A description of the dog
  • Proof of the dog's training and vaccinations


Facilities staff will enforce this policy by asking any person with a dog to leave the grounds. If the person refuses to leave, the police will be contacted.


Any incident involving a dog on site must be reported to reception or Facilities immediately.


This policy will be reviewed every three years.

Reasons for Policy

There are several reasons why we have no-dogs-on-site policies. Some of these reasons include:

  • Safety concerns: Dogs can bite, scratch, or knock people over. They may also carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans.
  • Allergies: Some people are allergic to dogs. Their presence at college can trigger allergic reactions, which can be life-threatening.
  • Distractions: Dogs can be distracting to students and staff. They may bark, chase after people, or play fetch. This can make it difficult for people to focus on their work or studies.
  • Sanitation: Dogs can leave faeces and urine on school grounds. This can create a health hazard and make the site less pleasant to be in.