Most people who own dogs have good manners and if their dog poops while out walking, they always take the waste home or dispose of it in a garbage can in a public space. The city council has dispensers with plastic bags for dog waste on the paths along the beach and you can use the bags free of charge. These bags are quite thin, but they’re surprisingly well made and despite being thin, they don’t leak. Thanks to this kind of unobtrusive consideration, you will find hardly any dog waste on the public walking paths here. These good manners are common sense of course, but apparently people who get caught do get a fine. Seeing as there are so many people walking their dogs, it is important to set and enforce rules properly, and to keep the beaches and roads clean. Apart from that, where they have water fountains here and there on the paths along the beaches, in consideration for dogs, below the fountain is a tap where you can get water for your dog to drink. And under the public showers at beaches, you might also find a bowl that someone has put there so dogs can get a drink of water, which again gives you a sense of the consideration dog-loving Aussies have for their dogs.
By the way, on a different note, I heard on the news that last year because of COVID-19, there was an increase in people getting dogs and cats from animal shelters, and that some shelters gave away all their animals and ended up with none. I understand that lots of people think a pet can be a comfort if you have to stay at home, but recently I heard on the news about things like an increase in the number of animals being returned to animal shelters as life returns to normal. Of course, I hope people take their responsibilities seriously and look after their pets properly, and don’t get a pet for frivolous reasons or just to suit themselves.
Free garbage bags for dog waste
Water for dogs to drink under a water fountain. There is even a faucet so you can give your dog fresh water.