9 laws all dog owners must know – or risk unlimited fines

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Dog owners risk being landed with fines of up to £1,000 for not following these laws

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Pet ownership has risen sharply in the UK since the Covid pandemic as more people sought the company of a furry friend after months of lockdown.

According to the Pet Food Manufacturers Association, around 3.2 million more pets have been bought by households during the lockdown in the last two years and there are now around 12 million cats and 12 million dogs in households across the UK.

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Demand for dog ownership rose after coronavirus restrictions forced people to spend more time at home, with pets helping ease feelings of loneliness after long periods of isolation for many.

But while puppies can provide a great source of companionship, owning pets also comes with a lot of responsibility.

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Owning a pet pooch involves a lot more than just a dog’s day-to-day needs, and those who don’t know what’s expected of an owner could risk getting in trouble with the authorities and paying a hefty fine.

If you’re a dog owner or planning to welcome a puppy into your home, it’s important to know these nine laws.

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