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Dogs: Responsible Ownership

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Dog owners have a long-term responsibility to their dogs to ensure that they are cared for properly, that they are brought up in the correct environment, are properly trained, and receive the necessary veterinary treatment.

Key Points in Responsible Dog Ownership

  • 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 it's vaccinations.
  • 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 treatments on your property.
  • If you do not want your dog to have pups, make sure it is neutered.

It is an offence for your dog to roam the streets. There are financial penalties if your dog is picked up by the Dog Warden and impounded.

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