Dog laws UK: 9 rules all dog owners must know - including one that could land a £1,000 fine

Dog owners could be fined up to £1,000 for flouting any of these laws

Pet ownership in the UK has surged since the Covid pandemic as more people have sought companionship from a furry friend after being couped up in lockdown.

Around 3.2 million more pets were bought by households during lockdowns over the past two years, according to Pet Food Manufacturers Association, and there are now around 12 million cats and 12 million dogs in homes across the UK.

The demand for dog ownership increased after coronavirus restrictions forced people to spend more time at home, with pets helping to ease the feeling of loneliness following those long periods of isolation.

But while pups can offer a great source of companionship, owning a pet does come with a lot of responsibilities attached.

Keeping a pet pooch involves much more than just handling a dog’s day-to-day needs, and those who aren’t aware of what is expected as an owner could risk landing in trouble with the authorities - and incurring a hefty fine.

If you are a dog owner, or planning to welcome a pup into your home, it is important to be aware of these nine laws.

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