Good Dog Ownership

We all love our dogs however we all have a duty of care towards members of the public and other dog owners to be responsible and considerate dog owners. Everyone, members of the public and dog owners alike, should enjoy walking in the countryside or parks, without the fear of being worried or attacked by dogs. We also want a safe environment for children where they can grow up without an inherent fear of dogs. Below are some points that may help us all achieve that:

  • Expose and socialise your puppy or young dog early in its life with other dogs, people, noises, traffic etc., so that they are at no risk of panicking and causing injury to themselves or others.
  • Ensure that your dog’s barking is controlled. Nuisance barking is where a dog barks at those things that do not prove a threat to the homeowner. A good ‘watch dog’ knows the appropriate time to warn you of danger. Not one that barks at everything that moves.
  • Train your dog; seek professional help if necessary.  A trained dog is a joy to behold. Knowing you have full and complete control of your dog gives you the peace of mind and the security, knowing that your dog will come back to you when requested or in an emergency, allowing you and your dog to have a relaxed and happy walk.
  • Teach your dog to walk calmly on a loose lead.  A dog that pulls on the lead is not pleasant to walk and can cause serious injury, such as aching arms, back and shoulder injury. This kind of pulling by a dog on either a collar or a harness is also harmful to the dog as it can cause injury to the dog’s airways or shoulders etc.
  • Correct any signs of antisocial behaviour at the onset. Things such as; play-biting, jumping up, growling, nipping and assertive behaviours by your dog, can cause future problems with humans and other dogs.
  • Even the friendliest dog should never be allowed to rush up to a person or another dog, especially if the other dog is on a lead.  It may cause difficulty for the other owner as their dog may feel trapped and your dog may therefore be the cause of an aggressive response. Remember not all dogs are as friendly as your dog. They may have had a bad experience in the past, may have an injury or could be aggressive to other dogs.
  • ALWAYS pick up after your dog if he has toileted in public areas.  Disease and parasites can cause havoc with humans as well as dogs, not to mention the unpleasant job of scraping shoes or carpets! Failure to pick up after your dog could see you fined up to £1,000.
  • It is a legal (and sensible) requirement that your dog has a collar with a tag showing your name and address when in a public place – phone number optional.

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