Dogs are social animals that require a lot of attention. For dogs to become a great companion, owners must have the patience to provide them with proper training and care. Otherwise, owners may find their dogs a nuisance when they dirty and destroy their household, make a lot of noise barking or even bite people!
It is important for dog owners to Obey The Laws and to Be Considerate Pet Owners.
There is only one species of the domesticated dog but approximately 400 different breeds. There are also mixed breed dogs that can be good companions too.
Up to 18 years for smaller breeds and around 12 years for bigger breeds.
• Food & water
• Food & water dishes
• Comfortable place to rest
• Dog licence
• Collar and leash
• Nail clippers
• Grooming equipment for long fur (comb, brush)
• Muzzle (for some dogs)
• Regular health checks and necessary vaccinations
• Lots of time and love
Feeding your dog
Dogs eat any kind of meat, but they also eat most grains, fruits and vegetables. Avoid fruits and vegetables that can cause toxicities such as grapes, garlic and onions.
Please consult your veterinarian for further information on dog nutrition and appropriate foods to feed your pet. Dog food sold at shops usually provides your pet with a balanced diet.
Other items your pet may need:
It is also advisable to train your dog. You can do so by enrolling your dog and yourself in a dog training school.
All dogs 3 months or older must be licensed.
Dogs must be leashed at all times in public places.
In addition to leashing, the following breeds must be muzzled in public:
• Pit bull, which includes the American Pit Bull Terrier (which is also known as the American Pit Bull and Pit Bull Terrier), American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Terrier, American Bulldog, and crosses between them and other breeds.
• Neapolitan Mastiff
• Dogo Argentino
• Fila Brasileiro
• Bull Terrier
• Doberman Pinscher
• German Shepherd Dog with its related breeds such as Belgian Shepherd Dog and East European Shepherd Dog
• Mastiffs, including the Bull Mastiff,Perro de Presa Canario, Cane Corso and Dogue De Bordeaux
• Crosses of the above breeds
Not clearing up your dogs’ poop during walks will lead to foul smells, staining, transmission of infectious/parasitic disease and fly nuisance. Someone might accidentally step on it too! Always have a plastic bag or paper handy to pick up your dog’s poop.
Dog Owner’s Timetable:
• Avoid leaving your dog alone at home for the whole day.
• Groom your dog regularly.
• Avoid overfeeding, as dogs tend to eat more than they need.
• Avoid chaining your dog to a post. Instead, use gates/fences or other barriers to keep it enclosed.
• Microchip and license your dog.
• Never let your dog out by itself.
Visit Obeying the Laws for more information on dog rules and regulations.