What does suitably restrained dog mean

What does “suitably restrained dog” mean?

We consider a dog is suitably restrained when it is:

  • placed securely inside the house behind a closed door or other suitable building (e.g. shed) and our field staff are convinced that the dog cannot escape the building.
  • placed securely in a yard or area completely separated from where our work is needed (i.e. locked behind a fence), and our field staff are convinced that the dog cannot escape the area.
  • isolated by either a substantial rope or chain secured to an appropriate anchor point on the ground or to a fixed fitting to ensure our safe access to the work area. If you chain your dog please remember you are responsible for ensuring they have appropriate water, shade, and food.
  • Please note: If you offer to hold a dog by hand i.e. via a collar, holding part of the dog’s body, or having the dog in your arms, this is not adequate. We will consider the premises unsafe to enter if you offer to do this. For safety reasons, our field staff are NOT permitted to enter unless the dog is securely isolated.