Being a dog owner is a rewarding experience but with the rewards and enjoyment, comes the responsibility in keeping your dog happy, healthy and safe. In taking this responsibility seriously, you can protect not only your own dog, but other animals and community members as well.
There are a range of things you must do to ensure you are following your obligations in being a responsible dog owner. Most dog owners are aware of their legal obligations in ensuring their dogs are microchipped, registered and de-sexed but responsible dog ownership extends further than these three requirements. It means keeping your dog’s details up to date and your furry friends active and healthy in a way that ensures they are safe, such as keeping your yard secure and staying up to date with regular veterinary treatments.
The big three – Microchip, Register and De-sex
It is compulsory for dog owners within the ACT to microchip, register and de-sex their animals. Microchipping and registering your dog greatly improve your chances of being reunited with them should they get lost and it ensures your dog is identified for life. Microchipping and registering your dog are both equally important and it is essential that you do both.
It is important that your dog’s microchip and registration details are kept up to date so that if your dog is lost, they can quickly be returned to you. These details are essentially your animal’s fast ticket home. You can update the contact details associated with a microchip number through veterinary clinics and other authorised agencies and organisations. To update your pet’s registration details, you can contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.
De-sexing your dog is an important way to ensure they remain safe and healthy. De-sexing is essential to reduce the number of neglected or abandoned dogs but can also improve behaviour, reduce aggression and help to reduce reproductive health problems later in life. De-sexing your dog is compulsory and a strict liability under the Domestic Animals Act 2000 unless you have been granted an exemption to keep your dog sexually entire.
Part of being a responsible dog owner is ensuring your furry friend is kept active, fit and healthy. Getting out and about with your dog is great for exercise and socialisation but it is important to remember that when your dog is out in public, they must always be under effective control. This means your dog must be under voice control and be able to come back when called. Everyone in the community should feel comfortable and safe enough when exploring our beautiful city. This also means abiding by on-leash and off-leash areas as well as exploring pet friendly swimming and exercise locations.
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.