Owning a dog involves responsibilities as well as pleasures. The following basic tips can help prevent your dog from causing a nuisance:
- Train your dog in elementary obedience, so that it is under control at all times.
- Make sure your dog is identified, at least with a collar and tag, and preferably with a microchip.
- Keep your dog on a lead anywhere near a road or where there are other animals.
- Make sure that your garden is properly fenced so that your dog can't escape. Never let your dog out on its own, but take it for properly controlled exercise.
- Always carry a bag you can use to pick up after your dog. Take the waste home to your black rubbish bin or sack or use a litter or dog waste bin. Even better, train your dog to 'go at home'.
- Don't let your dog bark constantly -a well-trained dog is not one that barks at everyone and everything. Dogs that are kept outside for long periods often bark more. Find out when and why your dog barks and take steps to prevent it. Our dog warden can give advice in the worst cases.
- Don't leave your dog alone for long periods; dogs are pack animals and need companionship. Remember - you have a duty to care under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
- Keep your dog healthy, with regular feeding, worming, exercise, grooming and vaccinations. Make sure your dog's living accommodation is clean, warm and dry and that fresh drinking water is always available.
- Don't leave your dog in a car for any period of time during hot weather.
Remember, dogs live for about 14 years, so think hard before you take on such a responsibility. If you can no longer keep your dog, contact a re-homing charity or our dog warden on 01395 517456 for help. Do not put your dog out onto the street where it could be injured or cause an accident.
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