Dog keepers must make sure their dog gets a microchip implant by the time it's 8 weeks old. The microchip has a number that shows up when the dog's scanned. This number identifies the dog.
Dog keepers must also register information on a 'compliant' database. The databases that meet government standards are called 'compliant'. There's a list of compliant databases in Scotland.
Keeping a dog that is not microchipped could lead to:
- a fine of up to £500
- a court case against you
A keeper is the person a dog normally lives with.