Rachel
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Dog Rules In Australia – What You Need To Own A Dog

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 16 ·
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How many dog rules in Australia are there? Are they easy to follow if you own a dog? These rules and laws are set in place for a reason. It’s for you and your dog’s own best interest. 

Who Can Own A Dog In Australia?

Anyone can own a dog in Australia. However, you must be an adult and be able to care for the welfare of your pet. It also helps to have a home and a sustainable income.

When adopting a dog, you’ll fill out this information to ensure you can care for the pet properly. If an animal shelter doesn’t seem you fit to be a pet owner, they have the right to decline your application to adopt. 

In addition, there is a limit on how many dogs you can own. For example, anyone can own up to three dogs at one time. However, if you plan to adopt more dogs than that, you need to apply for a special permit to own up to six dogs at once.

General Laws About Owning A Dog

When it comes to owning a pet, you need to care for them and be mindful of others. For example, various laws are in place to protect and care for your doggo. Also, these laws care for the community as a whole. 

Dog Welfare

In Australia, many laws and rules are set to keep your dog as healthy and safe as possible. This is where animal welfare laws come in.

Ear cropping, tail docking, and debarking are illegal. Unless the procedure is needed for the dog’s health and overall welfare, these acts are not allowed and are considered inhumane.

If your dog excessively barks, you need to consider proper training or look at how you’re treating the dog. For instance, they could be reactive at people and cars, so you can train them to quiet down when others pass.

On the other hand, they could be barking because they’re bored, need attention, or are home alone all day. If that’s the case, then you need to hire a dog walker or bring them to doggy daycare to ensure they’re cared for during the day. It will also help them get socialized and get out their energy.

Should you need to do any of these procedures, a licensed veterinarian must do it. If you are caught tail docking, ear cropping, or debarking yourself, you’ll be looking at fines and prison time for animal cruelty.

In addition, when your dog is home and outside, it must be confined to your yard. This can be done with a leash or a fence.

This law is to ensure that your dog doesn’t get loose. It prevents them from getting lost or injured by getting hit by a car or getting into fights with other dogs or animals. 

Registering Your Dog

In addition, it’s required to get your dog registered in your area. This helps ensure that if your dog does happen to get lost, it’ll be easier for you to be reunited with your furry friend.

First, you’ll need to get your dog microchipped. This is also a requirement. You can register your pet with the local council when that’s done. Also, you can get an ID tag for their collar with your name and phone number on it.

So, if your dog gets separated from you, other citizens and animal shelters will be able to reunite the two of you together easily. 

Community Laws

All dogs must be up to date with all of their vaccinations. Rabies is especially an important vaccine to be up to date with. These vaccines will help protect your dog and others in case they come in contact with other sick dogs.

In addition, when walking your dog, all dogs must be on a leash. Also, if they go to the bathroom while out in a public area, you must clean up after your dog. Otherwise, you may get fined.  

A Note About “Dangerous” Dog Breeds

Unfortunately, there are banned dog breeds in Australia because they are considered dangerous or too aggressive. For example, these breeds are the following:

Should you own any of these dog breeds or other breeds considered aggressive, you need to let the community know.

For example, if you go out with the dog on a walk, they must be leashed and have a muzzle on. Also, you must have a sign on your property warning that you have a dog. 

Dog Rules In Australia

The dog rules in Australia are ever-growing, but owning a dog in Australia is not impossible. These rules are set to keep you, your dog, and the community safe. 

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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