As a dog owner you have a responsibility to ensure that your pet does not cause a nuisance to others. This means that you must comply with certain laws, most of which are straight forward and are there to ensure that people and dogs can live happily and safely in the community.
If you are a Colchester Borough Homes tenant you should also read their Pets in Council Homes policy.
We carry out a range of educational activities to promote responsible dog ownership, including 'Bark in the Park' and other community events, aimed at potential and current dog owners.
How do I report issues of cruelty towards dogs?
The RSPCA's primary function is to promote kindness and prevent cruelty.
If you need to report cruelty or a dog in distress you can call the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 or contact them online.
So you have decided to buy a dog. Have you thought about what type of dog is suitable for your lifestyle? Are you a couch potato or do you enjoy long walks in the country? You will need to take this into account when buying a dog. Our "Choosing the Right Dog Guide" will provide you with useful information to help you choose the right for you, your family and the dog.
The Kennel Club also has an excellent guide to breeds that may help you in choosing the right type of dog.
Alternatively, you might like to re-home a rescue dog. You can visit the websites of the rescue organisations to find out more about this.
Dogs like to be led. Training is one way to help keep them under control. Your dog should be under control and responsive to your commands. Training will help your dog learn how to behave around people and other animals, it will also reduce the risk of it biting someone.
Your dog's quick response to a command may save its life. Remember an out-of-control dog may result in you being prosecuted and your dog destroyed.
The basic first lessons for your dog to learn are:
Once you have got your new member of the family you will have to deal with the problem of dog poop. If you train your dog to go to the toilet at home it will reduce the amount of poop scooping you will have to do when you are out and about. It will save you from having to carry it around with you until you can dispose of it in a dog bin.
Please note if you fail to pick up their poop whilst you are out it may end costing you some money in fines.
Dog poop can be disposed of with your normal household waste. Collect the dog poop bags and store them in another strong bag. Then place this inside your usual waste bag so it is well protected and not liable to burst open.
Our Animal Service has received a sliver 'Animal Welfare Footprint' award from the RSPCA for its treatment of stray dogs and education in the Borough.
Animal Services can be contacted on 01206 282581 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org