Keeping a Dog

   

Dog registration

Registering your cat or dog in NSW is a two-step process.

The first step involves ensuring that your cat or dog is microchipped by 12 weeks of age or before being sold or given away.

The second step involves lifetime-registering your cat or dog with a local council before it is six months of age. This enables you to have your cat or dog desexed before registration, so that you can pay the lower lifetime-registration fee. If you have any questions about the microchipping and registration process, contact council or phone 02 6368 2104.

Council aims to keep Blayney a dog-friendly Shire, ensuring wandering dogs don’t become a nuisance to neighbours, destroy wildlife or endanger themselves, animals or people.

Council collects registration fees to:

  • support the work of our animal shelter officers who collect around 5,000 stray animals each year
  • create and maintain fenced off-leash areas and bins with collection bags in many parks

Permits

If you live in NSW or have moved to NSW and are going to be here for three months or more, you must have your cat or dog microchipped (if this has not already been done), entered on the NSW Companion Animals Register and lifetime registered with Council. This must occur within three months of moving to NSW.

Choosing the right dog for you

Advice about choosing the right breed for your family is available from your Vet or if you adopt a dog from an animal shelter.

Your responsibilities as a dog owner

You should ensure your dog is healthy, safe and properly cared for. Find out what cat and dog regulations you need to follow.

Your responsibilities as a dog owner are to:

  • register your dog within 12 weeks of age or before being sold or given away, whichever happens first
  • walk your dog on a lead when in a public place, except in off-leash areas
  • keep your dog quiet
  • keep your dog in your yard
  • prevent your dog attacking or frightening people or animals
  • pick up after your dog when it is in a public place
  • microchip your dog and update your details when you move or pass on your dog

Fencing and shelter

A part of caring for your dog is ensuring that it has a safe, secure environment in which to live. Constructing an adequate fence around your property protects both your dog and your neighbourhood. Remember, this is a Council requirement. Failure to provide adequate confinement could result in a fine.

If your dog sleeps outside, ensure it has a covered shelter to protect it from wind, sun and rain and that it has warm bedding for winter.

Loud noises during thunder storms and fireworks can scare your dog, causing it to run away from home.

If your dog is scared of loud noises, Council recommends the following:

  • place your dog in a safe room/enclosed area
  • take your dog to another home where the noise won’t be heard 
  • don’t tie your dog up in the yard as it may injure itself trying to get free
  • try not to comfort your dog during storms or fireworks as it reinforces its fear
  • ensure your dog is registered and is wearing its registration tag in case it flees in fright

Dog off-leash areas

Council has set up special areas so your dog can run around leash-free, without attracting a fine.

Off-leash areas have: 

  • fencing
  • water
  • bins to dispose of dog droppings
  • shaded seating areas
Obedience training

We recommend you seek advice of a vet or professional dog obedience trainer.


Some tips for training your dog are to:
  • keep a sense of humour and never scold your dog if it makes a mistake 
  • always use a kind, firm voice and short, simple words such as ‘sit’, ‘come’, ‘down’, ‘heel’ 
  • emphasise rewards not punishment 
  • never use a stick or raise your hand to your dog 
  • keep lessons short for puppies. Start with 10 minute lessons and go for longer as the dog grows older
  • use favourite treats for rewarding behaviour
It is recommended to teach your dog the command 'come'. To teach your dog this command:

  • Start by adding the word 'come' to the dog's name when you call. Use a pleasant voice.
  • To attract your dog, clap your hands or offer a reward. This can gradually be eliminated as the dog responds to the word 'come'.

  

Last modified: 28 Jul 2016

Blayney Shire Council

91 Adelaide Street, Blayney NSW 2799
PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799
Telephone: (02) 6368 2104
Email: council@blayney.nsw.gov.au

Council opening hours:
Monday to Friday
9.00am - 4.30pm

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