Your responsibilities

​​​​​​​​As a dog owner, it is your obligation ​to meet certain responsibilities such as complying with the law and controlling your dog. Please find below an overview of the ​key responsibilities for a dog owner.

​​​​​Dog Registration

It is a legal requirement to register your dog every year.

All dogs must be registered before they turn three months old.

Annual dog registration fees are due by the 30 June each year.

To register your dog or to check your dog's details please go to our Dogs Online portal using the link below. This is the Council's e-services tool which you can use for dog registrations/renewals and for updating dog owner and dog details.​

Please note you must register certified seeing eye or hearing ear dogs and companion/assistance dogs - however there is no charge to register these dogs.



Microchipping is a legal requirement. Registered dogs must be microchipped within two months of first being registered. All dogs are required to be microchipped including dangerous and menacing dogs. 

​Where can I have my dog microchipped?

Animal Education and Control can microchip your dog for $25 at 217 Ellis Street, Frankton. This service is available seven days a week from 12.30pm to 16:30pm.

You can also get your dog/s microchipped by your vet clinic, or at your local SPCA.

Once your dog is microchipped you must send a copy of your certificate to Animal Control and Education. Vets will not send the form for you. ​​


​​De-sexing your dog can reduce aggressive problems as well as ensuring you don't end up with unwanted puppies. 

Surgical sterilisation is a permanent, safe and hassle free method of suppressing urges to mate or fight. Statistics have shown that de-sexed animals are less susceptible to disease, live longer and fit into society better. 

For female dogs de-sexing means they reduce unwanted pregnancies, are less aggressive and more manageable with regards to training and temperament.

For male dogs de-sexing can reduce their aggressive impulse to mark their territory with urine and reduces the risk of testicular cancer.

Your vet can help with your decision to de-sex your dog and will be able to guide you and show you how to prepare your pet for the surgery​.

Once you have had your animal de-sexed please send the certificate to Animal Education and Control, 217 Ellis Street, Frankton.



Barking is a normal and healthy means of communication for a domestic dog. However, when the barking is not responded to in the appropriate manner it may become a nuisance.

It is your responsibility as a dog owner to ensure your dog is not a nuisance.

​Click on the link below to find out more information on how to report a barking dog or tips to fix your own dog's barking.

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​Caring for your dog

​As part of being a great dog owner you need to follow the SPCA's Five Freedom principles. These outline five aspects of animal welfare under human control. These are:

1. Freedom from Hunger or Thirst

2. Freedom from Discomfort

3. Freedom from Pain, Injury and Disease

4. Freedom to Express Natural Behaviour

5. Freedom from Fear and Distress

For more information go to the SPCA website SPCA Five Freedoms. ​

Page reviewed: 09 Jun 2021 11:46am