Dog Care

General tips for looking after your dog

As a dog owner, you will be aware of the responsibilities that come with owning and caring for your dog. However, you will also benefit from the incredibly rewarding and pleasurable experience dog ownership brings.

In time, with the correct dog training and care, your puppy or dog will hopefully become a well-adjusted adult who is a pleasure to own and a credit to you and the dog society at large.

Keeping your dog safe


  • Ensure your dog always has an accessible clean supply of fresh drinking water – dogs can easily dehydrate, especially if it is warm or your dog is anxious.
  • Ensure your garden is escape proof – many larger dogs can jump or scale fences less than two metres high.
  • Always keep your dog on a short (not an extending) lead near roads and livestock.
  • Lock away all medicines, cleaning products and dangerous chemicals – dogs, especially puppies tend to be inquisitive.
  • Keep all chocolate, cocoa powder, raisins, grapes and macadamia nuts shut away, as these are poisonous to dogs.
  • Use a car harness, crate or fitted case when travelling in the car with your dog.
  • Keep your dog inside on fireworks night, and keep it on a lead when outside.


  • Never leave your dog in a warm or hot car (even with the windows open) as it could suffer very quickly from heatstroke and kill or seriously harm the dog!
  • Do not use cocoa shell mulch in your garden as this can cause illness and death.
  • Do not use rat poison, slug pellets, weedkillers, fertilizers (especially bonemeal) or insecticides that are dangerous to dogs.
  • Do not let your dog hang its head out of an open car window – it might look cute but it can be very dangerous for both the driver and the dog!
  • Always take care to make sure your dog cannot run out of an open front door or escape through an open window.
  • Never leave your dog alone tied up outside a shop in case it gets stolen.

Taking Care of Your New Puppy

Healthcare and your puppy

Taking Care of Your Adult Dog

Caring for an Older Dog