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Recognition as an expert for dogs

In Lower Saxony, dog owners must have the necessary expertise to keep a dog. Upon request, this must be proven to the municipality by successfully passing a theoretical and a practical competence examination.

If you, as an examiner, want to carry out and accept the competence test for dog owners, you must be recognized by the competent authority (district or independent city). This recognition must take place before the start of the activity.

For recognition as an examiner, you must prove the necessary knowledge and skills.

Process flow

After you have submitted the informal application and the documents to be submitted, the content of the documents will be checked. If all the required documents are available, recognition will then be granted.

Competent authority

In Lower Saxony, the responsibility lies with the districts and the independent cities.


For recognition as an examiner, you must prove the necessary knowledge and skills.

Which documents are required?

  • Informal application for recognition as an examiner for the certificate of competence for dog owners
  • Proof (certificates)
  • Certificate of good conduct

What are the fees?

Fee: 35,00 - 700,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Only after receiving recognition are you allowed to take proficiency tests.

Processing duration

Processing Time: 0 - 3 Months
If the competent authority has not taken a decision on the application for recognition within three months, recognition shall be deemed to have been granted.


An action against this decision may be lodged with the competent administrative court within one month of notification. Either in writing, by submitting an electronic document or on the record of the clerk of the registry.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)