Puppy and dog environment

Puppy and dog environment

Where to put a dog’s bed. How to get them used to car travel. Clearing up after your dog.


In this section we’ll look at:
  • Creating the ideal environment for your puppy or dog
  • A comfortable dog bed
  • Car travel
  • Cleaning up after your dog
  • Poisons and Hazards around the home, garden and out and about on walks
  • Research
Creating the ideal environment for your puppy or dog

Creating the ideal environment for your puppy or dog

  • Give your dog their own bed where they can rest undisturbed.
  • Keep poisonous or hazardous home and garden items safely out of reach. 
  • Secure your dog behind a dog guard or on the back seat with a seat belt when travelling in a vehicle. 
  • Exercise your dog on a daily basis.
A comfortable dog bed

A comfortable dog bed

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.
Car travel

Car travel

It is important to keep your dog safe when travelling: secure them behind a dog guard or on the back seat with a seat belt.

To get your dog used to travelling in your car, introduce your dog to the car from an early age.

  • Let them explore inside your parked car in their own time, under supervision in a safe area.
  • Leave the doors open so they can come and go as they please and reward their relaxed behaviour. 
  • Gradually build up from this: first, get them used to the seat belt. 
  • Then turn the engine on to help them get used to the noise. 
  • When they are comfortable with this, go for a short drive.
Cleaning up after your dog

Cleaning up after your dog

  • 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.
Poisons and hazards around the home garden and out and about on walks
Research

Research

The PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report

Since 2011, we’ve surveyed over  53,000 pet owners, veterinary professionals and children, giving us a huge insight into the wellbeing of pets in the UK. Here are the findings for dogs and their living environment. 
You can read our full PAW Report here.

Overview

 There’s 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 aren’t 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!

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