A suitable environment for dogs
Every dog deserves a good home, where they can be healthy and happy.
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.