Obedience trained dogs incentive program

Training your dog, particularly from an early age, will help your dog to socialise not only with other dogs, but people too. Dogs are very similar to children and need to learn right from wrong.

Training will help them to learn some simple manners and household rules as well as basic commands, such as sit, walk, come and drop.

Whether you have just purchased a new puppy or have had a dog for years, dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds will benefit from training.

Dog training not only teaches the dog how to behave better, but it will teach the owners the skills and strategies required to help prevent and minimise conflict.

As a dog owner, one of the responsibilities you have is ensuring that your dog is well behaved and remains under effective control at all times when in public places.

Proper training can:

  • assist you in effectively controlling your dog;
  • help to prevent any incidents from occurring between dogs in off-leash areas; and
  • help to ensure the safety and comfort of other residents who may be using the park or public space.

Reduced registration fees for obedience trained dogs

Dogs that have passed an approved obedience training program are eligible for free registration for the next full year, with a 50 per cent reduction off the standard reduced fee for subsequent years (conditions apply).

What do I need to do to qualify for the scheme?

The following must be met in order to meet the criteria for the scheme:

  1. Your dog must have successfully completed an approved obedience program.
  2. The obedience program must be conducted by a suitably qualified trainer who is a member of an approved training organisation.
  3. You must provide Council with a copy of the completion certificate from the approved training organisation. The certificate must state that the course undertaken complies with Regulation 49 of the Domestic Animals Regulations 2005.
  4. Your dog must also be desexed or be eligible for at least one other reduced fee criteria.

What is an approved obedience program?

An approved obedience program is a program carried out by an approved training organisation that assesses the dog in all of the following skills:

  • heeling or walking with a handler;
  • sociability with other dogs;
  • staying on command (known as the ‘stay test’);
  • coming to the handler on command (known as the ‘recall test’); and
  • absence of aggression.

What is an approved training organisation?

The following organisations have been approved by the Minister for Agriculture as Approved Obedience Training Organisations in accordance with the requirements of Regulation 49 of the Domestic Animals Regulations 2005:

What is a suitably qualified trainer?

A qualified trainer is a person who is a current member of one of the organisations approved by the Minister (listed above). The trainer must have completed, to the satisfaction of that organisation, a training course that has been approved by the Minister that is administered by that organisation.

What are the other reduced fee criteria?

Other criteria for reduced fees are:

  1. dogs more than 10 years old;
  2. desexed dogs;
  3. dogs kept for working stock;
  4. dogs kept for breeding at a domestic animal business conducted on registered premises; and
  5. membership with Dogs Victoria.