In May 2014, changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 came into effect. Make sure you are aware of your responsibilities as a dog owner. Click here to find out more information.
Dog Tag Identification Law -
The control of Dogs Order 1992 states that "any dog in a public place should wear the name and address of the owner either inscribed on the collar or on a name plate or disc attached to it".
It is also a very good idea to have your mobile number put on the tag, so that if you lose your dog when away from the house, people are able to contact you if it is found.
As a pet owner it is a legal requirement that you provide adequate shelter, food and water for your pet. However it is equally important for the welfare of your pet that you provide exercise, company, stimulation and a balanced diet. If you would like advise on caring for your pet the RSPCA has very good online resources.
Most dog related organisations recommend microchipping your dog. The government is planning to bring in legislation in 2016 that requires every dog owner in England to have their animal microchipped. It is a relatively cheap and very easy way to ensure that if your dog goes missing, you are more likely to be reunited when it is found. Speak to your local vet to find out the cost of the simple proceedure.
Hot Weather Warning -
Dogs die in hot cars within minutes, even with the windows open! Please read this information from the RSPCA -
Crate/Cage Training -
Here is an interesting article on the benifits of positive crate training