The GOLD STANDARD IN rehabilitation treatments and wellness programmes for dogs

The welfare needs of dogs

Owning and caring for a dog can be a source of great enjoyment, but owners should be aware that dog ownership is a major responsibility.

Typically, dogs live for about 13 years or longer so thinking carefully about all factors that will affect owners ability to care for a dog and whether a dog is suitable for them.

Dog owners will need to consider the size of their property and the financial and time implications of having a dog as a pet. Caring for a dog can be expensive and owners should consider whether they could afford the cost of routine and unexpected veterinary treatment, or the cost of pet health insurance.

There is no one ‘perfect ‘way to care for all dogs because every dog, and every situation, is different. It is up to owners to find out what their dog’s precise needs are and how to meet them.

Owners are always responsible for their dog’s needs.  If the owners are a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 16 years, they are also responsible for any animal that child is in charge of. If the owners are unable to care for their dog at any time, they must make arrangements for another suitable person to look after it on their behalf.

It is important to remember that owners are still responsible for making sure that their dog’s needs are met, even when they are away. The person with whom they leave their dog will also be legally responsible for their dog’s welfare in your absence.

If you own or are responsible for a dog, and fail to meet its welfare needs or cause it unnecessary suffering, you may be prosecuted.