Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs

Owning and caring for a dog can be a source of great enjoyment, but you should be aware that dog ownership is a major responsibility.  Typically, dogs live about 13 years or longer.  Consequently, you should think carefully about all factors that will affect your ability to care for a dog and whether a dog is suitable for you.

The purpose of the Code is to provide practical guidance to help you comply with the provisions of Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.  It does not tell you precisely how to care for a dog, but summarises important things you should consider when making decisions about how best to care for your dog.

Full information about the Code of Practice is available to download.