Dunbritton participates in responsible dog ownership event

Dunbritton Housing Association took part in a Responsible Dog Ownership roadshow with The Dogs Trust in Churchill, Helensburgh last month.

The Dogs Trust works with local authorities, housing associations, stakeholders and the general public across Scotland to address dog-related problems, deliver general awareness campaigns, and work within communities.

By working together they are able to promote all aspects of responsible dog ownership including:

  • The change in the law regarding compulsory microchipping.
  • The legal requirement to keep the microchip owner information up to date.
  • The legal requirement for collar and tag.
  • The legal requirement to pick up after your dog.
  • The importance of proper training/socialisation to prevent anti-social behaviour.
  • How to be safe around dogs.
  • The importance of the five freedoms (Freedom from hunger and thirst; discomfort; pain, injury or disease; fear and distress and freedom to express normal behaviour.)
  • On the day, the Dogs Trust Veterinary Nurse offered free microchipping, nail clipping and carried out general assessments of the dog’s health and where appropriate advised owners if they should visit their vet.

    The team were also on hand to provide health & wellbeing advice including promoting the importance of:

    • Taking out pet insurance
    • Registering with a vet
    • Neutering
    • Maintaining a healthy weight
    • Recognising signs of ill health
    • Regular flea/worm treatment
    • Annual vaccinations
    • Regular dental check.
    • During the event the team met a total of 19 dogs and their owners, with the most popular service proving to be the health check. In total, 13 different dog breeds attended the event, the most popular breeds attending were the King Charles Spaniels and Labrador Retrievers were the most commonly seen breed, with 3 dogs of each breed coming to see the team.

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