Pet education

Companion animals play an important role in our society and can bring enjoyment to your household. Pets that are not managed responsibly, though, can have negative impacts on community safety, the environment, and the animal's own welfare.

We run a number of proactive community education programs to build your understanding of:

  • how to safely interact with pets
  • how to reduce and manage problem behaviours
  • the importance of responsible pet ownership.

On this page you will find information on:

School education – Be Pet Smart

Be Pet Smart is a free program offered to early learning childhood centres, primary schools, outside school hours care (OSHC) groups and vacation care centres.

This interactive presentation is delivered in your environment and provides essential information relating to responsible pet ownership and dog bite prevention.

Learning outcomes include:

  • how to identify and read common dog body language to develop a better understanding of how to behave safely around animals
  • understanding the responsibilities and rules of pet ownership and how they affect the community and environment
  • being aware of the importance of choosing an appropriate pet for your needs
  • general requirements to care for your pet
  • the City's role in managing responsible pet ownership.

The Be Pet Smart live performance features the Animal Management mascots, Gee Cee Dog and Cee Cee Cat, accompanied by an Animal Management host. The team perform their fun and interactive songs focusing on safe behaviours when interacting with pets and responsible pet ownership.

The program includes:

Make a school-based booking

All school education programs are a free service to help educate young children on responsible pet ownership. The shows are funded by the City and conducted by a professional talent company. Cancellations within 3 days, though, will incur a fee.

Download, print and complete the Be Pet Smart school-based education program(PDF, 257KB) form and email to: pets@aeevents.com.au

We will contact you when we receive your application.

Events – education display and Be Pet Smart show

Our Animal Management team are available to assist with community engagement at:

  • community events
  • family fun days
  • fetes
  • open days
  • school expos.

Our staff will provide an education display and promote our services to help educate the community about responsible pet ownership and dog bite prevention. This display can be a 3m x 3m or a 6m x 3m display with brochures, fact sheets and promotional items including children's activity books.

The Be Pet Smart live performance – featuring the Animal Management mascots, Gee Cee Dog and Cee Cee Cat, accompanied by an Animal Management host can be requested for consideration at your event.

Make an event booking

Approved shows are funded by the City and conducted by a professional talent company. Cancellations within 3 days will incur a fee.

Download, print and complete the Be Pet Smart event booking request(PDF, 695KB) form and email to: loveyourpet@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

We will contact you when we receive your application.

For more information, please contact the City's Animal Management team on 07 5667 5990.

Information sessions – Animal Management's role in our community

One of our experienced officers can deliver, free of charge, a presentation and answer questions. Topics covered include:

  • local laws of animal keeping
  • common complaints and the City's process for dealing with requests
  • how the community can assist us with animal-related issues
  • responsible pet ownership
  • animal health and wellbeing.

To book, email your enquiry to loveyourpet@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or contact our Animal Management team on 07 5667 5990 for more information.

We care about PETS program

Pet Education and Training Sessions will be launched in mid 2021. The free sessions for 'paw-rents' will help you better understand dog behaviour and body language. Pet experts will teach how to build confidence, increase socialisation, reduce problem behaviour and keep your pet safe in the community.

Walk with me program

Active pets are healthy pets. The Walk with me program is a 'pawfect' opportunity to learn more about your pooch from pet experts who'll provide tips and advice on topics such as:

  • dog walking skills
  • socialisation
  • lead aggression
  • basic body language
  • behaviour and off-leash area etiquette.

Trainers and Animal Management staff will be available throughout the walk to offer advice and achieve a positive outcome for your dog.

Check out our events calendar to find free sessions at a park near you.

Some conditions apply to inclusion in the Walk with me program. They include:

  • this is a dog-only walk – no other animals are permitted
  • dogs must be fully vaccinated and registered to attend walks
  • they should also have recently had flea and worming treatment (within 3 weeks leading up to the walk)
  • all dogs must wear a collar with an identification tag and be on leash at all times.

If your dog displays problem behaviour that may negatively impact the group or your dog's future socialisation, trainers will speak with you and offer alternative advice so you can achieve a better outcome for you and your pet.

Participants acknowledge and agree that attending these walks are at their own risk. Participants release City of Gold Coast from all claims and liability arising from any injury, loss or damage to any property, arising from attendance to the walk.

We value your feedback on how to further engage and connect the Gold Coast community on responsible pet ownership.