Did you know that from 6th April 2016 it will be compulsory for all dogs in the UK to be microchipped?
The legislation is being introduced following a government policy paper on animal welfare. The introduction of compulsory dog microchipping is aimed at improving dog welfare and encouraging dog owners to be responsible.
10 tips from Your Move on making your home safer for dogs
These tips are ideal if you’re thinking of bringing a new puppy into the family:
- Check your fences. We all know dogs are crafty escapologists, so regularly check the fences in your gardens, fix any holes, and close down any escape routes.
- Ponds. If you have a dog who’s partial to a swim, be sure that any garden ponds are dog-safe and that there’s an easy escape route for your four-legged friend.
- Avoid poisonous plants. Lilies, rhubarb bulbs and wisteria can all be toxic to dogs so take care. The Kennel Club have provided a more comprehensive list here.
- Washing machines and tumble dryers. Puppies love to climb inside these cubby-holes if they have the chance. Make sure the doors stay closed.
- Remove temptation. Dogs, and puppies especially, will eat just about anything, but lots of foods will make them ill – including chocolate, garlic and avocado. Child locks can help to keep things locked away from prying paws.
- Beware loose change. Using a piggy bank won’t just help with the holiday savings – you’ll also remove a dangerous choking hazard.
- Bins. There’s nothing worse than finding a week’s worth of rubbish littered across the floor. Use bins with lids, or put bathroom bins up high where a dog can’t reach.
- Wires. Dogs love to chew them, but could suffer a nasty electric shock – or worse. Use spiral cable wraps or cord concealers.
- Baby gates on the stairs. It can be easier to dog-proof your home if you limit the number of places that dogs can access. Installing a baby gate is a great way to stop your dog coming upstairs.
- Curtain and blind cords. These could be a strangling hazard. Tie them out of reach, or cut them short.