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Advice for dog owners

A dog can be a wonderful addition to any home. The key to owning a happy, well balanced dog is responsible ownership, dedication and time.

These pages have been put together to provide basic advice for dog owners. There are many other sources of information on dog ownership, from books and magazines to animal professionals such as Vets, Dog trainers and Behaviourists. If you would like further information or recommendations on where to find information, please contact our Animal Welfare Officers.

  • Bonfire Night - advice for dog owners

    Consideration must be given to pets on and around Bonfire Night. Special care needs to be taken to ensure that your pets are protected from the stress and anxiety that is caused by fireworks. Animal Welfare Officers receive an increase in lost dog complaints during this time each year with family pets found miles from their homes, so it is important that owners take steps to ensure their pets are protected on and around the time of November 5th.

  • Choosing a Dog

    Before taking on a new dog, there are many things to consider to ensure that you can offer everything needed for a successful relationship.

  • Country Code for Dogs

    Livestock worrying is a growing problem which can cause stress and injury to farm animals and financial losses for farmers. Where attacks do occur, incidents often leave dog owners shocked and traumatised by the apparently cruel behaviour of their pet.

  • Trainers and Behaviourists

    Training and socialising your dog is vitally important. A well trained dog is a pleasure to be around, whereas a dog which is untrained and not comfortable with other dogs/people can be hard work to manage and may also pose a potential risk to other animals and the general public.

  • Microchipping

    All dogs in Scotland over 8 weeks of age now require by law to be micro-chipped.

  • Dangers of Blue-Green Algae

    With sunnier weather comes the increase of blue-green algae blooms appearing in bodies of still water including Linlithgow Loch and Beecraigs Loch. In these bodies of water there lies a very real health risk for dogs that decide to go for a swim. Dog Owners should refrain from allowing their dogs to swim in bodies of water where the risk of blue-green algae is possible.