Dog Care & Advice
Looking after your four legged friends.
Being a dog owner can be great fun and immensely rewarding. We need to remember that dogs have very unique complex needs.
There is no ‘perfect’ way to care for all dogs, but seeking expert advice will help you ensure your dog remains healthy and happy.
There are approximately eight and a half million dogs kept as pets in the UK.
One thing to remember is 8 out of 10 dogs suffer from separation anxiety when left alone.
Many dog don’t realise that this is the case.
If we look at the world from a dog’s point of view we can help you understand your pet better
The RSPCA recently launched their #DogKind campaign!
Dogs have highly developed senses
- Dogs have a sense of smell, far superior to humans.
That’s why many dogs are chosen to be working dogs.
- Dogs can detect sounds up to four times quieter than humans can hear.
- Dogs can also hear in ultrasound, which is sound with a frequency greater than the upper limit of human hearing.
- Dogs can see better than humans in dark and dim light.
- Dogs are extremely diverse in both size and shape. For example, there is over a 110-fold difference in weight between the Chihuahua (1kg) and the St Bernard (115kg).
Dogs use a range of methods to communicate
- Communication is very important in helping dogs form and maintain social groups.
- To transmit scent information, dogs use urine, faeces and secretions from special scent glands.
- Dogs produce a range of sounds, often in complex combinations, including whines, whimpers, growls, barks and howls.
- Many dogs can use their body, face, tail, ears and limbs to communicate with other dogs.
If we remember the following then your Dog will lead a happy and long life.
Dogs are athletic
Dogs are naturally inquisitive
Dogs are omnivores
Dogs are highly social
Dogs are intelligent
Dogs are playful
Dogs really are man’s best friend
Laws That Dog Owners Need To Know
Did you know that all British pet owners have a legal duty to provide for their pet’s welfare needs?
All domestic animals have the legal right to:
- live in a suitable environment
- eat a suitable diet
- exhibit normal behaviour patterns
- be housed with, or apart from, other animals
- be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease
You may hear people referring to these five welfare needs as the ‘five freedoms’.
Dog owners who fail to ensure their pet’s welfare needs are met face prosecution – but importantly, they run the risk of causing suffering to an animal who they have taken into their home and have a responsibility to care for. Failing to meet a pet’s welfare needs could cause them to become sick, hurt, upset or stressed.
Owners can be taken to court if they don’t look after their pets properly and face a prison sentence of up to six months, and a fine of up to £20,000. They may also have their pet taken away from them, or be banned from having pets in the future.
Law: Animal Welfare Act 2006, section 9
It’s against the law to dock a pet dog’s tail, in whole or in part.
Animal cruelty is a criminal offence. Allowing a dog to suffer unnecessarily could land you in prison for six months, a £20,000 fine, and a ban on keeping animals.
Controlling your dog in your own home or on someone else’s property
Allowing your dog to be ‘dangerously out of control’ is now against the law on private property, as well as in public. This means owners can be prosecuted if their dog attacks someone in their home, including in their front and back gardens, or in private property such as a pub.
Dog barking too much
All dogs bark sometimes, it’s perfectly natural. But when they bark a lot over a long period of time they can become a noisy nuisance to your neighbours.
Dog fouling consistently ranks as the number one thing local councils receive complaints about, and it’s easy to understand why. It smells, it gets stuck to your shoes, and it causes a hazard to the environment.
You must scoop that poop in most public places, however there are some areas where picking up is not a legal requirement (unless a specific order or bylaw has been placed), and these are heathland, woodland, land used for the grazing of animals.