Animal Welfare always were updated in 2015 to provide for mandatory microchipping of dogs. All pups born since June 1 this year must be microchipped by the time they are 12 weeks old. Pet lovers have until March 31, 2016, to microchip adult dogs and owners must be able to produce a certificate to show that the dog has been chipped. If you are unsure of the status of your dog, then go to your vet to have the dog scanned. If your dog has been chipped, you can verify the details at