Best Behaviour Dog Training join the UK’s pet welfare organisations in welcoming the UK Government’s new action plan for animal welfare.
As parent and guardian to 16 dogs, 35 cats, 4 rabbits, 4 guinea pigs, a hamster and a parrot- most of whom are rescues, Zoe fully supports the government’s proposal to introduce more anti-cruelty measures in the UK.
The policy paper, released on 12th May 2021 outlines our government’s plans to lead the way in improving the wellbeing or pets, farm animals, wildlife and any animal currently kept in captivity.
The paper talks of a ban on importing young puppies; improvements to the licensing laws for dog breeders and boarding kennels; introducing legislation to ensure all cats are microchipped; tackling pet theft and prohibiting the importation of dogs who have been subjected to cruel practices such as ear cropping and tail docking.
These are some fantastic steps to improve animal welfare in the UK!
Electric shock collar ban
As a dog trainer, One of Zoe’s personal hates is the use of electric shock collars as an to deter unwanted behaviours.
“These things are cruel beyond belief” she says. “They are not a training aid in any way shape or form and can cause dogs immeasurable pain and severe psychological damage. I absolutely abhor them”
Imagine Zoe’s relief when she read that the government is taking measures to ban remote controlled e-collars for good. We don’t have a date yet for the legislation to be passed, but as far as Zoe, and every responsible pet owner in this country is concerned, the day can’t come quickly enough.
How can pet owners help raise welfare standards?
I’m sure that if you are reading this, you are already a responsible pet owner who genuinely wants to help your own furry friends to live their very best life. But you too can help the UK government to stamp out animal cruelty.
Let’s all work together to make sure that dogs are accepted as valuable members of society. What will you do to celebrate and support this government initiative?
Read the government’s action plan for animal welfare here.
Book a consultation with a dog behaviourist and find kind but effective solutions to your problems. https://www.bestbehaviourdogtraining.co.uk/dog-behaviour/
Hints and tips on dealing with the sometimes challenging behaviours of adolescent dogs. https://www.bestbehaviourdogtraining.co.uk/news-and-advice-post/do-you-have-an-adolescent-dog/