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Code of practice for the welfare of dogs

This document provides advice on owning a dog.

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Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs

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December 2017: Draft code of practice for the welfare of dogs

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The purpose of the Code of Practice (the Code) is to provide practical guidance to help you to comply with the provisions of Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (the Act). It does not tell you precisely how to care for a dog, but summarises important things you should consider when making decisions about how best to care for your dog.

Breach of a provision of this Code is not an offence in itself but, if proceedings are brought against you for an offence under Section 9 of the Act, the Court will look at whether or not you have complied with the Code in deciding whether you have committed an offence.

We’ve produced an updated draft code of practice for the welfare of dogs. The draft code was placed in Parliament on 21 December 2017. If there are no objections from Parliament, it will come into force on 6 April 2018.

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Published 8 April 2013
Last updated 22 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. Published an updated draft of the code of practice for the welfare of dogs.
  2. First published.