Richmondshire District Council

Responsibilities of owning a dog

Owning a dog brings great happiness but it's also a lifelong responsibility to the dog.

You need to care for him properly and responsibly, including staying within the law.

You have to consider if you have the time, space and willingness to take on a dog, if you can exercise it, and if you can afford to pay for its upkeep, including food, grooming and vet's bills.

Dog ownership tips

The 12 basic tips for responsible dog ownership are:

  • Train your dog in elementary obedience
  • Feed your dog at regular times and with a nutritionally balanced diet
  • Feed your dog from his own dish
  • Keep your dog on a lead anywhere near a road, or where there are other animals
  • Train your dog not to foul in public places: if it does, clean up after it
  • Remember your dog's bark can be a nuisance
  • Provide your dog with his own bed 
  • Never take your dog into a food shop, always tie its lead to a post 
  • Keep your dog clean and regularly groomed
  • If you don't want your dog to have pups, obtain advice from your vet
  • Make sure someone is caring for your dog when you go on holiday and that they know the local dog warden's telephone number
  • Register your pet with a vet

There's more advice for dog owners, including a dog owner's guide, from the Dogs Trust website.


It's now compulsory to have your dog microchipped. Many vets and organisations are offering free microchipping as a result of the change in law.

Contact us for more information.

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