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How to be a responsible dog owner

Posted 28 May 2019

We all love our furry friends, but being a responsible dog owner is an important part of keeping a pet. Please read our simple safety tips below to help keep yourself, your pet and your community as safe as possible: 

  • Ensure your dog is out of the way before someone arrives at the door. Put the dog in a secured room or place your pet in the back garden or a faraway room.

  • If you have a back garden, please close off the access, in case your dog could get round to the front when someone calls at the door.

  • Dog attacks can happen when you’ve opened the door to someone. Please keep your dog in another room before answering the door and make sure children don’t open the door, as dogs can push by them and attack.

  • Give your dog some food or a toy to occupy them while mail is delivered through your postbox.

  • Wait 10 minutes after your mail has arrived to let your pet back into your hallway or outside. Keep everything as calm and low-key as possible. Check the person delivering mail has left and the garden gate is shut.

  • If your dog likes to attack your mail coming through the door then consider installing a wire letter receptacle. It will protect your post, and your others fingers.

  • If it’s not practical for you to keep your dog away from the door, please consider fitting a secure mailbox on the edge of your property.

  • Please ensure your dog is microchipped, wearing a collar and tag and that your contact details on the tag and microchip are up to date (both are required by law).
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Page last reviewed 28/05/2019