Council urges prospective owners to be aware that “Dogs are for life not just for Christmas”

17th November 2020

With the festive season just around the corner, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is reminding members of the public of the duties necessary for responsible dog ownership.

The Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Chris Smyth said

“Getting a new puppy can be a wonderful and rewarding experience, however it is important to be mindful of your obligations as a dog owner.

“When bringing a dog into a household, particularly for first time, owners need to be aware that it is a significant commitment. All dogs need exercised regularly no matter what the weather or demands on your time. Dogs that are not exercised can become bored and start destructive behaviours such as chewing furniture and barking which may annoy your neighbours. Please also remember to clean up after your dog. Dog fouling has been an issue in the past and by being a responsible dog owner, you can play your part in reducing the problem.

“There is also an ongoing financial commitment required to keeping a dog including obtaining a dog licence, buying pet food and veterinary visits.

“Giving a puppy or dog a new home can be great but it is important to remember, particularly at this time, that a dog is for life not just for Christmas.”

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council recommends that if purchasing a dog, that you only buy from a registered dog breeder. For this you should be able to go to the breeder’s premises and see the parent dogs and be satisfied you are buying from a healthy and safe place. All puppies should be at least 8 weeks old before you can take them home and the breeder should be able to show you any relevant vaccinations records. Do not buy a puppy that looks sick, underweight or too young.

You can also obtain a rescue dog from one of our partner rehoming centres, Bright Eyes Animal Sanctuary in Ballinamallard and Grovehill Animal Trust in Omagh or from the Dogs Trust.

All puppies have to be microchipped in order for you to obtain a dog licence. All dogs must be licenced. You can licence your dog online at or by contacting Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777, text phone 028 8225 6216.


So, if you can ensure you can walk, care and feed your dog daily and afford to pay veterinary bills, grooming and food bills then you should be able to have a well behaved companion who is content and happy.


A useful guide for buying and caring for a puppy can be downloaded here.