Understanding dog law and your
Here are some important considerations any new dog owner should
take into account when bringing a puppy or a dog into the
- The Control of Dogs Order 1992 requires that any
dog in a public place must wear a collar tag with the name and
address of the owner written on it. Your telephone number is
optional. The Kennel Club can provide these tags from the Online
- It is now compulsory to microchip your dog by
law. Petlog, the UK's largest lost and found
database for microchipped pets, is a service that gives you the
best chances of being reunited with your dog should it go
- The Petlog Premium Lost and Found service can even
alert local vets and dog wardens when an owner reports when and
where their pet was lost. This can be done by telephone, SMS text
message, via the Petlog website or through the my dog uk mobile
app. However, it is vital to the effectiveness of this service
that owners keep their contact details up to date,
at all times.
- Attend dog training classes. The Good
Citizen Dog Scheme can provide you with a list of classes in
your local area. Remember - a trained dog is a happy dog!
- Keep your dog under control at all times.
- Train your dog to use the kerb correctly.
- Always clean up after your dog.
- Keep your dog close to you when walking it on a lead.
- Respect the Countryside
- Give your dog the correct amount of exercise and play it
- Feed your dog a balanced, nutritious diet with adequate food
- Worm your dog routinely.
- Register your dog with your local vet, attend annual health
checks and ensure your dog is adequately immunised/vaccinated.
- Take out veterinary insurance to cover any unforeseen injuries
- Groom your dog regularly.
- When planning your holidays, make sure you consider your dogs.
When possible why not include them? Check out our Be Dog
Friendly page to appreciate the breadth of opportunity
available. If you must leave your dogs behind make suitable
arrangements for your dog in good time and ensure all vaccination
certificates are up to date if you book them into kennels.
- Consider that adult dogs of either sex can be neutered to avoid
- Consider either third party legal liability insurance or take
out specific canine insurance in case your dog causes damage or an
accident. The Kennel Club offers a range of healthcare policies to
suit the needs of you and your pet. For more information please
visit www.kcinsurance.co.uk or call 01296 390
- REMEMBER - not everybody loves dogs. Only a minority of the
population are dog owners - respect the views of others.
- Don't allow your dog to foul footpaths, parks or public places.
Local authorities have the power to make it an offence punishable
by a fine. See the Clean
Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.
- Don't allow your dog to interfere with passers-by in the
- Don't allow your dog to make unnecessary noise.
- Don't take your dog to places they are explicitly barred. These
might include children's play parks, some shops and some beaches.
Local Authorities can also introduce Dog Control Orders that
restrict access for dogs in specified areas. Most places where
restrictions apply will have signs.
- Don't allow your dog to roam freely in grazed fields or through
- Don't allow your dog to chase livestock or wildlife.
- Don't leave your dog alone for long periods of time - dogs feel
lonely just like humans.
- Don't allow your dog to roam the streets or countryside
- Don't spoil your dog - spoilt dogs are as bad as spoilt
- Don't leave your dog unattended in a vehicle for any period of
time or left in vehicles on hot days.