Being a responsible dog owner is not just about feeding your dog properly and taking them to the vet if they are sick or injured. It is also about making sure they wear a collar and ID tag, is microchipped - with your contact details kept up to date - and is vaccinated annually.
Take a look at the various aspects of responsible dog ownership:
- Ensure your dog receives a healthy well-balanced diet and plenty of exercise. A healthy pet is a happy pet and a happy pet is a loving companion!
- Don't let your dog become a nuisance to your neighbours
- Make sure your dog has a collar and tag
- Worm your dog regularly and groom it frequently. Check for fleas on your dog and seek your vet's advice for treatment. The council's Pest Control Section can carry out treatment on your property.
- If you do not want your dog to have pups, make sure it is neutered
- Train your dog in basic obedience, so it is under control at all times
- Train your dog to go to the toilet at home - if your pet accidentally fouls in public make sure that you clean it up
- Always have a poop scoop or plastic bag ready when you walk your dog
- Make sure your dog is kept on a lead when in public. It is an offence for your dog to roam the streets. There are financial penalties if your dog is picked up by a dog warden and impounded
- Take your dog to the vet regularly for its vaccinations
To promote the responsible dog ownership and battle dog fouling the council is running various initiatives and campaigns throughout the year.