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Keeping pets healthier and happier.

Pet ownership guidelines and rules in local communities


Pet ownership rules and regulations:

Being a responsible pet owner is more than just giving your pet food, water and shelter.

Pet ownership
Pet ownership Guidelines and Rules

A responsible pet owner needs to be aware of the rules and regulations that apply to their pet.

Guidelines and rules differ from region to region and council to council, so it is important to contact your local council to find out the rules that affect your particular pet.

Some pets are not allowed to be kept in certain areas. For example, rabbits aren’t allowed as pets inQueensland. Some councils also require you to get a licence for pets such as lizards.

If you fail to comply with legal requirements, such as micro- chipping, registration, and confinement of dogs to the property, you can be fined. There can also be additional legal requirements depending on where you live.

Check with your council to see if they have any local laws. For example, some councils have introduced compulsory desexing.

Registering your pet – Pet ownership

Registering your cat or dog is an important part of being a responsible pet owner. You should register your pet in case it strays, gets lost or is injured. This will make it easier for your pet to be returned.

Microchips – Pet ownership

Another way to help your pet is to have it micro-chipped. Microchips are tiny computer chips that can be scanned to identify your pet and its details.


Desexing helps make cats and dogs less aggressive and easier to control. If a pet is not for breeding we recommend to desex it. This helps in preventing the problem of pet over-population

Dogs and leads

Once your dog is off your premises, it should be on a lead. Councils set aside special off-lead areas for dogs. These areas are great for your dog to exercise and let off some steam.

Outside of these areas, your dog must be on a leash at all times. Always remember to carry a bag to collect their doggy droppings!

Obedience and training – Pet ownership

It is never too early to train your pet. Teach Simple tasks when small.

Dogs and cats need to be taught what they can do. Obedience training can teach your dog to stop whatever it is doing and obey certain signals and commands.

Obedience classes also teach dog owners how to train their dogs.

Barking – Pet ownership

A constantly barking dog can not only annoy your neighbours, it could also get you in trouble with the local council.

Make sure your dog has plenty to occupy itself and make time to spend with him each day. Dogs tend to bark when they are frightened, bored or lonely. 

Dangerous dogs – Pet ownership

A dog is ‘dangerous’ if it has, without provocation, attacked or killed a person or animal, or, repeatedly threatened to attack or repeatedly chased a person or animal.

You should never touch a strange dog if its owner is not around, if it lifts its lips and bares its teeth, snarls, growls or snaps, backs away or raises the hair on the back of its neck.


Owning a pet is a privilege and should result in a mutually beneficial relationship. However, the benefits of pet ownership come with obligations. Responsible pet ownership includes:

  • Committing to the relationship for the life of the pet(s).
  • Avoiding impulsive decisions about obtaining pet(s), and carefully selecting pet(s) suited to your home and lifestyle.
  • Recognizing that ownership of pet(s) requires an investment of time and money.
  • Keeping only the type and number of pets for which an appropriate and safe environment can be provided, including appropriate food, water, shelter, health care and companionship.
  • Ensuring pets are properly identified (i.e., tags, microchips, or tattoos) and that registration information in associated databases is kept up-to-date
  • Adherence to local ordinances, including licensing and leash requirements.
  • Controlling pet(s)’ reproduction through managed breeding, containment, or spay/neuter thereby helping to address animal control and overpopulation problems.
  • Establishing and maintaining a veterinarian-client-patient relationship.
  • Providing preventive (e.g., vaccinations, parasite control) and therapeutic health care for the life of pet(s) in consultation with, and as recommended by, its veterinarian.
  • Socialization and appropriate training for pet(s), which facilitates their well-being and the well-being of other animals and people.
  • Preventing pet(s) from negatively impacting other people, animals and the environment, including proper waste disposal, noise control, and not allowing pet(s) to stray or become feral.
  • Providing exercise and mental stimulation appropriate to the pet(s)’ age, breed, and health status.
  • Advance preparation to ensure the pet(s)’ well-being in the case of an emergency or disaster, including assembling an evacuation kit.
  • Making alternative arrangements if caring for the pet is no longer possible.
  • Recognizing declines in the pet(s)’ quality of life and making decisions in consultation with a veterinarian regarding appropriate end-of-life care (e.g., palliative care, hospice, euthanasia).