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A suitable environment for dogs

Every dog deserves a good home, where they can be healthy and happy.
 

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Ensure your dog has a suitable place to live

 


Our top tips to giving a dog a good home

  • Living in a cold or wet place can make your dog unwell. Give your dog a comfortable, dry, draught-free, clean and quiet place to rest undisturbed.
     
  • A dog needs regular opportunities to go to the toilet. At least every few hours provide your dog with access to an appropriate place where they can go to the toilet.
     
  • Provide your dog with access to an appropriate place where they can exercise at least once a day. Somewhere that they can explore, play and meet other dogs if appropriate.
     
  • Your dog must to be able to avoid frightening things. Give your dog constant access to a safe hiding place to escape if they feel afraid.
     
  • Dogs are intelligent and can become bored. Make sure your dog has access to suitable objects to chew and play with. Take a look at our online shop for some great dog toy ideas.
     
  • If dogs live together, provide enough extra resources (e.g. toys, beds and hiding places) to stop them from becoming competitive and fighting.
     
  • Make sure the size and temperature of any place you leave your dog (including your vehicle) is appropriate.
     
  • When you transport your dog, make sure they’re comfortable and safe at all times. Use a harness, crate or container that suits your dogs size. Read more about Transporting Dogs in Cars (PDF: 176KB)
     
  • Dogs are naturally inquisitive and can get into dangerous situations if left unsupervised. Make sure that where your dog lives is safe, secure and free from hazards.
     
  • Keep your dog under control and do not let it stray.

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