Your responsibilities as a pet owner

1.Dog owners

Dog owners in NSW have a range of responsibilities under the Companion Animals Act 1998.

It is the law that all dogs are registered and microchipped.

Visit the the Office of Local Government website to learn about being a responsible pet owner, including desexing, nuisance pets, what to do when your dog goes missing and how the NSW Pet Registry works. We have also developed a factsheet about responsible dog ownership which can be downloaded here(PDF, 1MB) .

View the QPRC local orders policy for the Keeping of Domestic Animal(PDF, 514KB).

2.Owning a restricted or dangerous dog breed

Owners of restricted and dangerous dogs in NSW have a range of responsibilities under the Companion Animals Act 1998. The Office of Local Government website provides detailed information on your responsibilities as the owner of a restricted or dangerous dog:

3.Dog obedience

Keeping your dog active and practicing obedience may help curb any behavioural problems you may experience. Try a local Dog Obedience Training Club that provides experienced obedience Instructors to help train your dog in a group environment.

 For more personalised training try a trainer who understands issues such as barking and separation anxiety:

4.Cat owners

Cat owners in NSW have a range of responsibilities under the Companion Animals Act 1998. The Department of Local Government website provides information on the responsibilities of cat owners, penalty notices issued under the Act and what to do if your cat is missing.

As a responsible cat owner you should consider confinement of your cat/s to your property, particularly from dusk till dawn. This approach is strongly encouraged, for the cat’s safety, for the safety of wildlife and to prevent cats being a nuisance in the community.