Getting the most from your canine companion

Responsible dogOur Animal Welfare Officer, Claire, works to ensure the well-being of all animals in the borough. As a nation of dog lovers, many of us share our homes with a four-legged friend, but owning a dog is a big responsibility. Here, Claire provides us with 10 top tips for being a responsible dog owner.

  • Your main responsibility is to provide your dog with a safe and loving home.
  • Make sure your dog is not left alone all day, if they have to be left on their own ask a friend or neighbour to check in on them.
  • Regular exercise is essential for your dog and good for you too! Make sure your dog has at least two walks a day.
  • You need to be able to trust your dog with other animals and people. Training classes are available and are good way to socialise your dog with others.
  • Dogs need a balanced diet to keep them fit and healthy. Always make sure your dog has access to fresh water.
  • Your dog will need regular trips to the vet for vaccinations, worming and flea treatments. You will also need to groom them and regularly check their teeth, ears and nails.
  • Neutering your dog will safeguard against unwanted puppies. It can also bring health and in some cases, behavioural benefits.
  • When outside of the house, your dog must wear a collar and tag with your name and address on it.
  • You should also consider microchipping your dog. A microchip is a small capsule about the size of a grain of rice. The implantation is a quick and painless procedure that should hurt no more than a vaccination.The chip carries a unique identification number, which is linked to your details. All lost pets handed into rescue centres or vets are scanned, so if your dog is microchipped, there is a much higher chance that you will be reunited.
  • Remember that it is an offence to let your dog foul in a public place and not clear it up. Always make sure you have bags with you, so you can leave our streets and open spaces clean.

For advice and further information on our Animal Welfare Service, visit our website, email animalwelfare@lambeth.gov.uk or call 020 7926 8860.

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