Your responsibilities as a dog owner

It is a legal requirement that all dogs wear a collar and tag at all times when away from home. It is best practice for all dogs to wear them all the time.

As a dog owner from 6th April 2016 you must make sure:

  • Your dog is microchipped and registered with an approved microchip database (such as petlog)
  • Puppies must be microchipped by their breeder and registered with an approved microchip database before 8 weeks old
  • Puppy buyers must make sure the breeder has microchipped and registered the dog with an approved microchip database before taking the dog home.  If the dog is bought and found not to be microchipped, then enforcement action could be taken against the owner and dog breeder
  • Your dog must be microchipped by a veterinary professional or an implanter who has received government approved training

Dog owners need to know the following:

  • If you have a dog and it is not microchipped before 6th April 2016, you have 21 days to make sure the dog is microchipped
  • It is a requirement to ensure database records are kept up to date

Failure to do the above may result in enforcement action which could lead to a fine

What is microchipping?

Micro chipping is a safe, quick and simple procedure which involves implanting a chip just below the skin on the neck of your dog.  It takes only a few seconds to implant, costs around £20 and is painless.  Your dog must wear a collar and tag when out in a public place, even when your dog is microchipped. If your dog does stray,  you can be quickly contacted when your dog is found.  The tag should include at least your surname and a telephone or mobile number so you can be contacted immediately if your dog is found by someone else.

Once your dog is microchipped, information is stored on one of a number of national databases; this means getting your dog back is quicker and easier.  You must always keep the information with the database provider up to date so that if your dog is found it can be scanned and you can be contacted quickly.  If you dog has been taken to a holding kennels there may be a fee to pay and you will have to collect the dog. 

There is more information on the kennel club's and dog's trust websites. The dog's trust also has a useful factsheet on microchipping.

If you would like more information from us, please contact our Environmental Health Team on 01395 517456 or email