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Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs

DescriptionBest practice guidance to help those responsible for dogs meet the duty of care under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006
Official Print Publication DateMarch 2010
Website Publication DateMarch 04, 2010


ISBN 978 0 7559 8267 7
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Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs



Section 1: The Need for a Suitable Environment
Sleeping and resting areas
Keeping a dog outside
Household hazards
When travelling

Section 2: The Need for a Suitable Diet
Balanced diet
A dog's healthy weight
How often to feed your dog
Other dietary needs

Section 3: The Need to be Able to Exhibit Normal Behaviour Patterns
Early experiences
Training your dog
Boredom and frustration
Signs of stress
Toilet training

Section 4: Any Need to be Housed with, or Apart from, other Animals
Relations with other dogs
Relations with other animals and people
When you are away from home
Number of animals

Section 5: The Need to be Protected from Suffering, Injury and Disease
Health care
Obtaining a dog
Dental care
Identification, collars and leads
What to do if your dog is missing
Reproductive behaviour

Appendix 1: The Law

Appendix 2: Sources of Information