Dog License Information

  •      All dogs over 5 months of age must be licensed. 
  •      Licenses are valid for one (1) year (January through December), and must be renewed annually.
  •      Fees are $20/dog if the dog is neutered or spayed (altered). If not altered the license is $25.
  •      A copy of a current rabies vaccination is required before a dog license can be issued.
  •      License applications received after March 31st will have a $5 late fee assessed. 

How to License Your Dog: 2024Tags will be sold beginning December 4, 2023
  1. Dog License Application Form Applications cannot be transmitted by fax or via e-mail. They must be mailed or brought to Town offices along with your payment and any other necessary documents on or before March 31 to avoid late fees.
  2. Current rabies certificate showing the date of immunization. – Rabies tags are not accepted since they are not dated.  A new license cannot be issued until proof has been received that your dog(s) is/are protected against rabies.
  3. Spay/neuter status.  – Normally shown on the veterinarian rabies paperwork.
  4. Check made payable to the Town of of Middleton for the appropriate license fee(s).  – Any exceptions to the payment of late fees must be cleared with the Town before a renewal license will be issued... Each dog will be issued a metal ID tag to be attached to the dog’s collar.  The tag number is required to obtain dog park permits and may be used to identify the owner of a lost dog.
  5. If mailing in application: enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your documents and your dog's renewal tag.
  6. Mail to: Town of Middleton, 7555 W. Old Sauk Rd. Verona, WI 53593

Did you know?  One hundred percent of the fees are used to cover administration, cost of materials, and enforcement as a public safety concern. Individual park licenses are collected by the dog parks to assist with those costs.


 What public areas in the Town of Middleton can I use for exercising my dog?

  • Ed Tallard Park (off Airport Road)
    • Dogs are permitted, on-leash, in Ed Tallard Park. An off-leash dog park exists in the City of Middleton adjacent to Ed Tallard Park. Dogs may be permitted in other Town Parks and on Town Trails as the Town determines from time to time. Dogs are not permitted in conservancies.  Interested users are encouraged to check with Town staff for up to date information on where dogs are permitted. Dogs on-leash may also be permitted on other non-Town owned recreational lands.
  • On the trails in Cherrywood Conservancy – entrances on Swoboda and Sabaka Roads south of Cherrywood Lane
  • On the public recreational trails in Stonebrook Estates.
  • On the public recreational trails in Prairie Homes Estates (original and first addition.)
  • In all other areas dogs are not allowed.  ‘No dogs’ symbols are posted at these locations. Town Ordinance Section 9.01. 

 Are there any public areas in the Town of Middleton where dogs can be off leash?

  • Dogs must always be on leash the Town of Middleton unless on the owner’s property. 
  • Dogs must always be under the control of their owner.
  • The penalty for an off leash dog is $169.00 per occurrence.

 What are my responsibilities as a dog owner?

  •  Observe signage - dogs aren't allowed in all public areas.
  •  Where dogs are allowed in publc areas, they should be on leash.
  •  Clean up after your dog.  Dog feces can pose health risks to people and pets.
  •  You must maintain control of your dog in all situations.
  •  Keep rabies and dog licenses current.
  •  Immediately report any bite incident to Public Health, Animal Services (608) 267-1989.

More information on dog owner responsibilities can be found  at Dane County Dog Owner Resposibilities.

 Where else can I exercise my dogs?

Dane County – off leash

  • Brittingham Park – 401 W Shore Drive at Broom Street
  • Demetral Park – 601 N Sixth St
  • Indian Lake - Highway 19 north of Cross Plains
  • McCormick Greenspace/Washington Manor park – 702 N McCormick Ave
  • Prairie Moraine Parkway – County Road PB and Wesner Lane
  • Quann Park – 1802 Expo Drive
  • Sycamore Park – 4517 Sycamore Park
  • Token Creek – Off HWYs 39,90 & 94 at HWY 51
  • Warner Park – Sheridan Drive along lagoon at boat launch auxiliary parking lot.
  • Viking Park – Hwy N north of Stoughton
  • Yahara Heights – 5428 State Highway 113

Some parks have licensing and fees as well. 

City of Middleton – off leash

  • North of Middleton on the left side of CTH Q, just south of the CTH K intersection.
  • West of Middleton at the location just west of the Middleton Municipal Airport - Morey Field.

Federal Ice Age Trail Trails – Cross Plains - On-leash only

  • North on Timber Lane until it curves left and becomes Old Sauk Pass Road, then an additional mile or so.