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Education and peaceful cohabitation
· Do I need to train my dog at a dog school?
Dog schools are very useful to help you to fully educate your dog or puppy. A good dog education is the first necessary step towards responsible ownership and peaceful cohabitation with your dog. Going to a dog school can also be a nice shared activity for you and your dog. Usually, it is best to educate your dog from the age of 8-12 weeks, but it is also possible to educate older dogs.
To learn more about this issue, please read Does Your Dog Need Obedience School? By Jennifer Dixon WebMD Pet Health Feature or Dog Training Central – How to educate a dog.
· What can I teach my child about our dog?
Before the arrival of a new dog in the family, it is important to take the time to explain to your child about respecting animals. You should teach them that a dog isn't a toy, but a living, sensitive being, and that it deserves respect like any other member of the family. You should also explain to your child that the dog might bite.
Moreover, as long as your child is still young, you should never leave them alone with the dog, even if the dog has always been very gentle with your child.
You can find lots of information on the Internet about dog safety for children and dog bite prevention. This website is particularly useful: http://www.doggonesafe.com/.
· What does my dog’s body language mean?
Here are some illustrated guides to canine body language:
What are the legal responsabilities for a dog owner?
In lots of countries, dog ownership involves several legal duties such as Identification and Registration, care, vaccination etc. For certain breeds you sometimes also need to be licensed.
You can find these rules in the legal questionnaires on this website, here. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you can't find the information you are looking for.
Who can I leave my dog whith when I go on holiday?
The best solution is to consider is going on holiday with your dog. That is not always possible, of course, so you need to build up a network of family members or friends who might take your dog while you are away.
Depending on the national situation, there may also be several other solutions for your dog when you are away on holiday: hotels, pensions, dog sitters, etc.