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Advice for dog owners

A dog can be a wonderful addition to any home. The key to owning a happy, well balanced dog is responsible ownership, dedication and time.

These pages have been put together to provide basic advice for dog owners. There are many other sources of information on dog ownership, from books and magazines to animal professionals such as Vets, Dog trainers and Behaviourists.


Consideration must be given to pets on and around Bonfire Night. Special care needs to be taken to ensure that your pets are protected from the stress and anxiety that is caused by fireworks.
Before taking on a new dog, there are many things to consider to ensure that you can offer everything needed for a successful relationship.
Livestock worrying is a growing problem which can cause stress and injury to farm animals and financial losses for farmers. Where attacks do occur, incidents often leave dog owners shocked and traumatised by the apparently cruel behaviour of their pet.
Training and socialising your dog is vitally important.
All dogs in Scotland over 8 weeks of age now require by law to be micro-chipped.
With sunnier weather comes the increase of blue-green algae blooms appearing in bodies of still water including Linlithgow Loch and Beecraigs Loch.