By law all dogs must wear a collar and ID tag when in a public place. Include your surname, telephone number, address and full post code – if there’s room put ‘microchipped’ on the tag if your dog has a chip.
Ensure that your dog is permanently identified by microchip, tattoo or better still BOTH. Ask your vet to check your dog’s microchip every year and clean tattoos with surgical spirit regularly.
Decide who owns the dog(s) within in your family. Discuss who will own them after bereavement or the break up of a relationship. Draw up a formal document to this effect and get all parties concerned to sign it.
Keep all documentation relating to your dog(s) in a safe place. Include clear photos of front and side profiles of your dog. Make a note of unusual markings.
Be cautious when choosing someone who will care for your dog(s) while you are at work, in hospital or on holiday. Be clear about when the dog will be handed over and who will collect it. It might be better to use a registered boarding kennel or professional dog carer with documentation to this effect unless you know someone who is trustworthy that will care for your dog in your absence.
Train your dog not to go out of your sight on walks. Use an extending lead if the dog does not comply. Vary your walk times and routes.
Beware of strangers – don’t give details about your dog. Don’t allow strangers to have their photograph taken with your dog.
Be cautious when inviting people into your home to view dogs/puppies for sale. Restrict the number of visitors and their access and always have someone with you.
NEVER tie your dog up outside a shop!
NEVER leave your dog unattended in a car!
Fit an alarm/bell to your gate so that you can hear visitors/trespassers enter your property.
Ensure your fencing is adequate and check it regularly for wear and tear. It should keep your dog in and trespassers out! Keep your dog in view when it goes out into the garden.
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