Keeping dogs

Here is some general advice on looking after a dog.

Exercise them – Give your dog plenty of exercise but keep your pet under control. If they stray they may cause a road accident or damage property. You are legally responsible for your dog’s behaviour.

Clean up after them – Never let your pet foul on the estate especially all areas where children play. Pick up the dog mess promptly and dispose of in a responsible manner.  You will be liable for a fine for not doing so.

Don’t leave them alone for too long – It’s unfair to the dog and your neighbours if it’s always barking.  When you are away arrange for your pet to be looked after by a reliable friend or family member. Alternatively you can look to place your dog in a licensed boarding kennel.  Visit The Good Kennel Guide or Find Pet Boarding websites for advice.

Maintain a healthy diet – Obesity in dogs is a common problem and can shorten their life and cause them unnecessary suffering. Feeding them the wrong food can affect their heath too.  The RSPCA has produced a useful guide on how make sure your dog has the best diet for a long and healthy life.

Keep them well groomed – Regular grooming keeps your dog’s coat in tip top condition.  The RSPCA has some useful information on how to keep your dog well groomed.

Microchip them – The law is changing and all dogs MUST be microchipped from April 2016. For more information about getting your dog micro chipped visit Chip My Dog.

Get them neutered or spayed – We do not allow our tenants to breed dogs or cats within their home.  Animal welfare charities and vets recommend that dogs are neutered or spayed to both avoid unwanted puppies and to protect your dog from certain health problems.

Ask a vet or the RSPCA about having your pet neutered/ doctored to avoid unwanted puppies or kittens.

Protect them against killer diseases – Vaccinate your dog against all killer diseases. The RSPCA has produced a useful guide on vaccinating your pet.

Protect them against worms – Healthy looking animals can carry worms, so it’s important to worm pets regularly. Worms can cause suffering, illness and even death. Some types of worms can be spread between pets and people and can cause diseases. The RSPCA has produced a useful guide on worming your pet.

Protect them against fleas and ticks – These are nasty and cause discomfort and other illnesses in your dog.  Download the useful guide on protecting your pet against fleas and ticks from the RSPCA which gives you useful tips on how to avoid and treat fleas and ticks.

Insure them – Dogs like humans get diseases and have accidents.  But there is no National Health Service for dogs – you have to pay for their treatment so make sure you don’t face any unaffordable bills and get your dog insured.  You can shop around for the best policy online.