Many of the dog owners I meet tell me about failures in teaching their dog. When I watch them, I see two opposing worlds without any connection. They are not a team! They are not ready to teach and learn.
Despite this, the owner insists on being the teacher of his dog and gets upset when the dog does not listen to him. Both are not ready for this. The nerves are even greater because the behaviour at home also leaves much to be desired.Read More
From April 6th, all dogs in England are required, by law, to have a microchip.
Don’t worry if they’re not microchipped yet, it simply takes an inexpensive visit to the vets. Or you can find a number of organisations that carry out microchipping for free.
A microchip is a quick and easy procedure. You can get your dog microchipped at any veterinary surgery, and many organisations.
A microchip is an identifying integrated circuit placed under the skin of an animal. It is 12mm long, about the same size as a large grain of rice. It has three components: an antenna to transmit a signal; a capacitor that boosts the signal so it can be detected by a scanner and a microchip with a unique 15 digit number programmed into it. When scanned, the microchip transmits its unique number to the scanner, which is displayed on the scanner screen.
Mini Microchips are also available at just 8mm long and 1.4mm wide. They are easier to insert into the animal and can be implanted safely in smaller animals than the standard microchips.
It is hoped that the new law to make microchipping compulsory will have a multitude of benefits for dogs and their owners.
Microchipping is only effective if you keep your details up to date. If you move house or change your telephone number you must make sure that you tell the database you are registered with so that they have your up-to-date contact details.
The microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details, which are kept on a database, such as the national PetLog database.
Local authorities and police will be issued with microchip scanners to ensure compliance. If they happen to find a dog without a microchip after April this year, the owner will be asked to have their dog microchipped as soon as possible and this will be checked. If the owner then fails to comply, they will face a fine of up to £500 per dog.
Councils can use a public spaces protection order PSPO to place restrictions on a public area, such as a park or a town centre. Restrictions can apply to either:
Councils can make a PSPO unless they’re:
PSPO restrictions include:
A PSPO lasts up to 3 years and can be renewed.
Because a PSPO is applied to a whole public area rather than to individuals, it should be used carefully. Consider whether there can be exceptions for working dogs, eg assistance dogs.
A PSPO can only be issued when a dog’s behaviour meets these conditions:
If a PSPO restricts local people’s space to walk dogs, you should provide other space to do this.
Some public areas in England and Wales are covered by Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) – previously called Dog Control Orders (DCOs).
PSPOs only apply to public land.
If you ignore a PSPO, you can be fined:
You can’t be fined if you’re a registered blind dog owner.
Local councils must let the public know where PSPOs are in place.
Example: If dogs aren’t allowed in a park, there must be signs saying so.
If the council plans to put a new PSPO in place, it must put up a notice and publish it in a local newspaper and on its website.
The notice must tell you:
Your council has a legal duty to keep public areas clear of dog mess.
If you don’t clean up after your dog you can be given an on-the-spot fine. The amount varies from council to council. It’s often £50 and can be as much as £80.
If you refuse to pay the fine, you can be taken to court and fined up to £1,000.
Registered blind dog owners can’t be fined.
Some councils have stricter rules on dog fouling. They may make owners carry a poop scoop and disposable bag when they take their dogs out to a public place.
In the UK, it’s against the law to own certain types of dog.
These are the:
It’s also against the law to: sell, abandon, give away, breed from a banned dog.
Whether your dog is a banned type depends on what it looks like, rather than its breed or name.
Example: If your dog matches many of the characteristics of a Pit Bull Terrier, it may be a banned type.
If you have a banned dog, the police or local council dog warden can take it away and keep it, even if:
The police may need permission from a court to do this. If your dog is in:
A police or council dog expert will judge what type of dog you have and whether it is (or could be) a danger to the public. Your dog will then either be:
While you wait for the court decision, you’re not allowed to visit your dog.
You can give up ownership of your dog but you can’t be forced to. If you do, your dog could be destroyed without you even going to court.
It’s your responsibility to prove your dog is not a banned type.
If you prove this, the court will order the dog to be returned to you. If you can’t prove it (or you plead guilty), you’ll be convicted of a crime.
The maximum penalty for having a banned dog against the law is a £5,000 fine and/or 6 months in prison. Your dog will also be destroyed.
If your dog is banned but the court thinks it’s not a danger to the public, it may put it on the IED and let you keep it.
You’ll be given a Certificate of Exemption. This is valid for the life of the dog.
Your dog must be:
As the owner, you must: