You owe it to your dog to be a responsible dog owner
> Think carefully before adopting or buying a dog
So many dogs are already being abandoned each year, and as a dog lover you wouldn’t want to contribute to this sad problem.
As a dog owner you need to be able to walk and train your dogs properly and able to afford any vets fees that may arise. You need to keep your dog safe and you need to keep other people safe when they’re around your dog.
You are 100% responsible for your dog.
Be realistic when considering whether or not
you should take on a dog.
If you love dogs but don’t have the time, space or ability to have your own dog, you can still spend time with dogs by volunteering as a dog walker or fosterer at your local dog rescue.
> Make sure your dog always wears a tag!
The Control of Dogs Order 1992 (UK) states that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner displayed on it. Your telephone number is optional but recommended so that you can be contacted quickly if your dog is found straying.
You can be fined up to £5,000 if your dog does not wear an identification tag.
Even if your dog is microchipped you still require a tag to comply with the law and the tag will be the first thing people check if they find your dog straying. Without a tag there’s more chance your dog will be taken to the Local Authority dog pound instead of being returned straight to you.
Once a dog enters the dog pound it may be at risk of being put to sleep if not claimed within 7 days, so speed is important if you dog goes missing.
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It’s not recommended to include your dog’s name on it’s tag as sadly dog thieves can use this to their advantage and make it seem like they’re more familiar with the dog than they are actually are when they try to sell it on to a new owner.
> Get your dog microchipped!
Microchipping is a low cost safeguard for you and your dog. If your dog goes missing there is a much higher chance you will be reunited if he/she is microchipped.
- Most dog wardens, pounds and vets will check for a microchip before they put a dog to sleep.
- Microchipping usually costs less than £25 and some chariites will chip dogs for a smaller fee.
- Remember to keep the contact details for the microchip up to date! This is important if you move or change phone number.
Get chipped – help rescues at the same time!
Some of the rescues at Rescue Helpers Unite provide microchipping services and all profits are used to help their rescue.
If you need to get your pet(s) chipped it’s highly recommended to see if any rescuers in your area provide the service, that way you can help other animals at the same time!
> Neuter and spay your dogs to avoid more breeding!
In addition to saving lives, spaying and neutering can also drastically improve your pet’s health and life expectancy.