15 ways to be a responsible dog owner
Consider the following tips to help you be a responsible dog owner
- Choose the right breed and gender for your lifestyle and your property.
- Consider buying a rescue dog; or go to a reputable breeder and see both parents.
- Ensure your dog is fully vaccinated, wormed and treated for fleas (i.e. health checked).
- Make sure your dog is microchipped (it is now a legal requirement).
- If you move house, make sure the contract details on the microchip database are kept up to date (this is also a legal requirement).
- Make sure your dog has a collar and a tag with the correct contact details on (this is also a legal requirement).
- Your dog needs regular exercise and this is essential for its wellbeing.
- Ensure your dog has the correct diet for its lifestyle (i.e. a very active dog needs more protein than a dog that isn’t so active).
- Make sure your dog has a comfortable bed and fresh water every day.
- Always pick up after your dog and dispose of waste in the correct manner (dog bins, wheelie bins or any other bin – make sure you bag it up).
- Socialise your dog as much as you can (e.g. training classes).
- Be aware of the yellow ribbon campaign. If a dog wears a yellow ribbon do not approach. Further details available on the Yellow Dogs UK website.
- If your dog goes missing make sure you know who to contact. You can report missing, lost and stray dogs to Chesterfield Borough Council on 01246 345345. More information is available on the stray dogs section of our website.
- Consider taking out pet insurance (vet bills can be very expensive).
- Arrange for end of life care. When the time comes remember your dog has been your best friend and deserves not to suffer.