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Animal Welfare Act - How to look after your dog
« on: September 07, 2009, 09:16:23 AM »
This is the Code that explains what you need to do to meet the standard of care the law under the Animal Welfare Act (Welsh Assembly Publications - the code in Scotland and England will be very similar)

Taken from the Introduction:

Owning and caring for a dog is great fun and very rewarding, but it is also a big responsibility and a long-term caring and financial commitment. You control your dog’s lifestyle; it is your responsibility to make sure that its needs are met, whatever the circumstances. The law requires that you must take reasonable steps to ensure that it:

Has a suitable environment to live in;
Has a healthy diet;
Is able to behave normally;
Has appropriate company;
Is protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

These are explained in more detail in sections 1-5 of this Code. For further advice, speak to your vet or a pet care specialist. Other sources of information are listed in Appendix 2.

Every animal is different and as you get to know your dog, you will recognise familiar characteristics. It is important that you are able to notice any changes in behaviour, as these might indicate that your dog is distressed, ill, or is not having its needs met in some other way.

This Code of Practice is issued under section 14 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (the “Act”). This code of practice applies in Wales only, is issued by the Welsh Ministers and comes into force on 28th November 2008. The purpose of this Code of Practice is to provide advice on how to meet the needs of your dog. It covers all dogs for which a person is responsible.

It is your responsibility to read the complete Code of Practice to fully understand your dog’s welfare needs and what the law requires you to do.

Click on the links below to see how you can look after your dog

full code (part 1)

full code (part 2)

How to Look after your Dog: following the code
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