DEFRA Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs


This document gives advice on owning a dog.



Animal Welfare Act 2006

Introduction to the Code


The Code of Practice

Section 1:  The Need for a Suitable Environment

                 Making sure your dog has a suitable place to live


Section 2:  The Need for a Suitable Diet

                 Making sure your dog has a healthy diet


Section 3:  The Need to be able to Exhibit Normal Behaviour Patterns

                 Making  sure your dog behaves normally

Section 4:   The Need it has to be Housed With, or Apart From, other animals

                  Making sure your dog has the company it needs


Section 5:  The Need to be Protected from Pain, Suffering, Injury and Disease

                  Making sure your dog stays healthy


Annex 1:  Sources of further information

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