Animal welfare (including dogs)

We will...

  • Promote responsible dog ownership across the Borough.
  • Investigate complaints relating to animal nuisance, including stray dogs, fouling and noise.
  • Provide a stray dog collection and kennelling service.
  • Inspect and licence horse riding establishments, dog breeders, animal boarding establishments, pet shops and dangerous wild animals.

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How to be a responsible dog owner

  • Train your dog in elementary obedience.
  • Feed your dog at regular times and with a nutritionally balanced diet.
  • Feed your dog from his own dish.
  • Keep your dog on a lead anywhere near a road, or where there are other animals.
  • Train your dog not to foul in public places - if it does, "Scoop the poop"!
  • Remember your dog's bark can be a nuisance.
  • Provide your dog with his own bed.
  • Never take your dog into a food shop - always tie its lead to a post.
  • Keep your dog clean and regularly groomed.
  • If you do not want your dog to have puppies, obtain advice from your vet.
  • Make sure someone is caring for your dog when you go on holiday.
  • Register your pet with a vet of your choice.

Under The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 it is compulsory for all dog owners to ensure that their dogs are microchipped and registered with an approved UK database

Breeders must ensure their puppies are microchipped by the age of eight weeks and before they leave for their new home. Further information can be found at GOV.UK

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Further dog information

A public register detailing all licenses issued by Woking Borough Council is readily available to the public and may be viewed Monday to Friday during normal office hours at the Civic Offices (9am to 4:45pm excluding public holidays). There is no charge for accessing the public register, however, there is a charge for the provision of certified copies of an entry on the register.