Registration and Microchip Requirements

Registering your Dog

As soon as your new dog reaches six months of age, you need to register your dog with your local Council. Every June after initial registration, dog owners will receive a registration renewal notice from their local council. The registration fee is money well spent in the event that your dog strays, becomes lost or is injured. Dogs wearing a registration disc on their collar can immediately be identified and safely reunited with their owners. Ideally, every dog is identified by a registration disc and a microchip. Microchipping guarantees that your dog can still be identified even if their collar has come off, (or been wriggled out of!). Dogs that roam are far more likely to be injured or hit by a car. Dogs depend on us to keep them safe so having them registered with your local council is a must in helping to ensure their safety. It is also a legal requirement of the Dog Control Act that all dogs over six months of age be registered, a requirement designed to assist owners, dogs and the community. Preventative measures are always necessary – a check that fencing is secure and gates are kept closed prevents many a dog from going wandering in the first place. As the saying goes, properly trained, man can be dogs’ best friend.

Registering your dog also helps your Council to plan for community needs, such as fenced dog exercise areas, sufficient ‘dog poo’ garbage bins and beach access.

Kennel License

The standard number of domestic dogs allowed to live permanently on any property is two. If you want more than two domestic dogs to live on your property, you need to ask your local Council about their dog regulations. You may need a kennel license, unless one or more dogs are registered working dogs. Before you take home a third domestic dog, best to check with your local Council. If you are wishing to adopt a dog from the Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania, we are not able to allow the adoption to take place if you already have two domestic dogs registered to your property unless you have a kennel license listing the applicable number of dogs allowed. The process for applying for a kennel license will be listed on your Council website.

Microchipping Your Dog

Microchips are compulsory for all dogs 6 months of age and older and help to ensure companion animals are permanently identified. Here’s how they work….. imagine your gate is accidentally left open and your dog gets out. Your dog is found perilously close to busy traffic and is taken to the Dogs’ Home for safe keeping by a concerned member of the public or council officer. Upon arrival at this unfamiliar place, your dog is unsettled and possibly anxious so staff act quickly to trace the owner. Unfortunately, during his adventurous escapade, your dog’s collar may have broken, slipped off over his head or the metal ring is all that is found dangling from his collar where the council ID tag used to be. But because your dog has been microchipped, there is a much better chance of finding you. Staff use their microchip scanner to scan the dog and obtain a reading, which ultimately reveals your contact details. A quick phone call and you and your animal companion are happily reunited. Microchips are very small and are inserted under the dog’s skin by a vet, much like giving a vaccination. The insertion and scanning are simple and painless procedures. The microchip will last for the entire life of the pet and does not contain chemicals or batteries. Microchips are commonly placed in cats and dogs but are suitable for most other companion animals.

The ONLY catch – if you change phone number, address or give your dog away, you must update the microchip details. If details are incorrect, it may be impossible to find you or the new owner. Make sure you know which company your dog’s microchip is registered with so you can make any changes as required. If you are unsure, take your dog to your nearest Dogs’ Home or local veterinary clinic for scanning.



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