A suitable environment for dogs
Ensure your dog has a suitable place to live
- A comfortable, dry, draught-free, clean and quiet place to rest undisturbed. Living in a cold or wet place can cause a dog to suffer and may lead to illness.
- Access to an appropriate place to go to the toilet at least every few hours. Without regular opportunities to go to the toilet a dog will become distressed.
- Access to an appropriate place where they can exercise at least once a day.
- A dog needs regular opportunities to exercise.
- Read our FAQ on exercising your dog.
- Constant access to a safe hiding place where they can escape if they feel afraid.
- A dog must be able to avoid things that scare them.
- A dog may suffer if are unable to hide.
- Access to suitable objects to chew and play with.
- Dogs are intelligent. If they are bored, and don’t have enough to do, they may suffer.
- Enough extra resources (e.g. toys, beds and hiding places) in multi-dog households to stop them from becoming competitive and fighting.
- The size and temperature of any place you leave them (including your vehicle) to be appropriate.
- To be comfortable and safe at all times when being transported.
- Read our FAQ on transporting dogs in cars safely.
- An environment that is safe, secure and free from hazards.
- Dogs are inquisitive. A dog may put itself in danger if he/she is left to explore unsupervised.
- To be kept under control and not allowed to stray.