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Responsible dog ownership

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We aim to promote responsible dog ownership to prevent the amount of dog issues in Preston due to irresponsible owners.

How to be a responsible dog owner

The following information offers advice to both first time and existing dog owners:

When you first get your dog

  • Dogs must always wear a collar and tag with its name and address on, so it can be identified if it ever becomes lost or stray. A phone number is also strongly recommended
  • Dogs must be microchipped and details should be kept up to date on the microchip database. This is a safe and effective way to make sure your dog can be easily identified
  • Dogs that aren't being bred should be neutered to prevent it from having unwanted puppies and straying. For more information visit Blue Cross - neutering your dog
  • Worming your dog regularly is very important to prevent the risk of toxocara and infection. For more information visit The Health Pet Club - Toxocara Canis
  • Train your dog in basic obedience, so that it is under control at all times. For registered trainers visit the Association of Pet Dog Trainers or the Kennel Club

Dogs in public places

  • Keep dogs on leads in designated areas. Dogs must not enter banned areas. To find out designated and banned areas in Preston see dogs on a lead and banned areas
  • Put dogs on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer
  • Pick up dog waste left by your dog at all times. Always carry a dog waste bag or carrier bag with you to pick up any waste your dog leaves.  There are a number of dog waste bins provided throughout the city. However, you can place it in any bin as long as it is in a sealed bag

Dogs at home

  • Do not allow your dog to bark constantly, as this is seen as a public nuisance. For advice on this issue see barking dogs
  • Do not leave your dog alone for long periods of time. Dogs are social animals and need the company of others
  • Make sure your garden is properly fenced so that your dog cannot escape. Never let your dog out on its own

Dogs in warm cars

Never leave a dog in a car on a warm day. If the windows are left open or the vehicle is parked in the shade, it is still a very dangerous situation for the dog.

A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn't feel that warm. When it's 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.

For more information around the dangers of leaving a dog in a car on warm day visit RSPCA - Dogs Die in Hot Cars Campaign.

General advice

  • Ensure your dog has a place to sleep that is clean, warm and dry with drinking water readily available
  • Take your dog to the vet regularly for its vaccinations
  • Groom your dog regularly. Check for fleas and seek your vet's advice for treatment
  • Ensure your dog receives a healthy well-balanced diet and plenty of exercise. A healthy pet is a happy pet and a happy pet is a loving companion

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