Responsible dog ownership
A dog as a gift is not a good idea. If you feel you would like a dog, ask yourself a few questions first.
- Have you enough space in your home?
- Do you have plenty of spare time to look after your pet properly?
- Can you afford to feed, house and pay any costs, eg equipment, vets bills etc which crop up during the lifetime of the dog?
- Who will look after the dog in your absence (holidays, illness etc)?
If you have decided that you want a dog remember there are further rules for the responsible dog owner:
- Do not allow your dog to stray as they may be a hazard on the roads, a general nuisance to people and a possible health risk to children. Any owner of a dog which we pick up as a stray may have to pay the costs incurred
- Clean up after your dog has fouled. Always carry a plastic bag for this. Failure to do so may result in a fixed penalty notice being issued if you are caught
- Control your dog at all times. Train it properly, at an organised club if possible. Praise and encouragement are vital and make training fun
- Don't tease your dog, it can provoke aggression
- Exercise is important so give it plenty in a safe place
- Find out if your dog is noisy. Constant barking is very annoying and can result in legal action if a nuisance is caused. It can usually be solved by not leaving your dog alone for long periods of time.
- Remember a dog is for life!
For more information about dog related issues please contact us on 01329 236100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .