Eurobodalla Shire Council is asking the public to familiarise themselves with new beach signs showing where and when dogs are welcome.
The council's ranger team manager Deb Lenson said signs were colour-coded with red for dogs banned, green for dogs welcome 24 hour off-leash, and yellow for timeshare.
She said to keep dogs on a leash until reaching a designated off-leash area.
"The community has been really clear that they want to see increased ranger patrols to make sure people are being responsible with their pets," Ms Lenson said.
"That means keeping dogs on a leash in public, picking up dog poo, and not letting dogs jump up on people."
She said "not everyone loves dogs as much as you do", and some people were scared of dogs.
"It's really important that pet owners do the right thing and keep their dog on a leash in public," she said.
"Even when a dog is off-leash it must be under effective control, so please don't let it jump up or lick kids or other people because they might not like it.
"There are plenty of beaches and reserves in our shire where owners can have their dogs off-leash and council's website has all that info, including detailed maps."
Making sure dogs and cats have identification is another focus.
Microchipping and registration was required by law.
"It makes sure stray animals are returned to their owner," Ms Lenson said.
"For the same reason, a dog or cat that is away from home must wear a collar and tag that shows your pet's name, and your address or telephone number.
"Our message for Eurobodalla's pet owners is be responsible and think of the comfort of others.
"That way everyone, four-legged friends included, can enjoy our public spaces.
Visit www.esc.nsw.gov.au/pets for information about responsible pet owners and dog exercise areas.