Battersea Q&A: Can my rescue dog live in a kennel?
(Q) I'm thinking of rehoming a dog, but he'd have to live in a kennel outside. Would that be OK?
(A) Battersea canine welfare trainer Nathalie Ingham says: Battersea recently rehomed a six-year-old Rottweiler, called Spring, who had been living in a kennel in the garden.
While it isn't a legal requirement of dog ownership to let them live indoors, looking out of the window on this cold winter's day makes me think I know where I'd rather be!
Having good shelter from the elements is a must for your dog - and there are laws which govern aspects of how you care for your pet.
The Animal Welfare Act says you must take all reasonable steps to meet your dog's basic needs, including:
- A suitable environment.
- A suitable diet.
- To be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns.
- To be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.
Responsible owners will meet all these needs and more during their dogs' lives - and Spring's new owners will be helping her to get used to an indoor environment, with warm snoozes by the fire.
If you're ever uncertain about anything to do with the care and welfare of your dog, seek advice from an expert - your vet, a veterinary nurse, behaviourist, or staff at animal welfare organisations.