We often have clients who ask about where to put their dog’s bed and how to best clear-up after him/her to achieve the ideal environment.
- creating the ideal environment for your puppy and dog
- a comfortable dog bed
- cleaning-up after your dog
- Give your dog his/her own bed where he/she can rest undisturbed.
- Exercise your dog on a daily basis.
A cosy bed is important for dogs. This should be kept in a quiet, dry, draught-free area. Make sure you choose one that can be cleaned easily and thoroughly – and do this regularly.
- Keep your dog environment clean and hygienic as dog faeces can transmit diseases, as well as parasites such as worms.
- Clean-up after your dog using a plastic bag or ’pooper scooper‘, especially if there are children around.
- Dog owners and people responsible for dogs have to do this in public by law, under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.
Since 2011, the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) surveyed over 53,000 pet owners, veterinary professionals and children, giving them a huge insight into the wellbeing of pets in the UK. Here are the findings for dogs and their living environment. You can read the full PDSA Animal Wellbeing report here.
There has been a decrease in the number of dogs having daily off-the-lead exercise, reducing from 73% down to 66%. A slightly larger proportion, 75%, take their dogs for lead-only exercise once a day or more.
Key findings from our most recent report:
Over 2.7 million dogs in the UK are not given the chance to exercise off-the-lead outside the home or garden on a daily basis.
- Encouragingly, 98% of dogs are being given the opportunity to play in at least one way on a daily basis.
- As well as going for walks, 82% of dogs play in the garden, 77% play in the house and 73% play with toys on a daily basis – all helping to keep our dogs’ minds active!