With the headlines on every news channel yesterday talking of the government’s proposals to introduce compulsory microchipping and 3rd party insurance for ALL dog owners, it seems that everyone’s talking about dogs!
Personally I think compulsory microchipping is essential and should always be done before a pup leaves it’s breeder. That way every dog has a lifetime passport so that it can be traced back to it’s souce if necessary. A perfect step forward in the fight against puppy farming.
Practically, and writing with my ’emergency vet’ head on , if every stray/lost dog injured in a road accident or found wandering the streets was chipped it would make life so much easier for the dog and it’s owner to be reunited.
Chipping is not only inexpensive, but also relatively pain-free and with dog-theft on the rise, possibly the only way of getting a dog and owner back together again, as collars and tags frequently break in accidents or get removed by theives.
Insurance-wise this is also a good idea. Most policies include 3rd party insurance anyway, and also cover the majority of illnesses and treatments are covered for your dog’s life.
Most savvy dog-owners will already consider microchipping and insurance as givens, as they form an integral part of responsible dog ownership along with training, feeding, exercise, vaccination, worming, flea control and picking up poo.
As for certain breeds being ‘worse’ than others, this is definitely not the case as it’s mainly down to the owner/handler and degree of socialization that individual dog has grown-up with as a pup.
The more varied experiences a puppy has between 3 and 12 weeks of age (e.g. men, beards, hats, children, sounds, etc), the more likely it will be able to adapt this inbuilt social-template to a whole life ahead full of varied and exciting visual and aural encounters.
Basic obedience training should also be compulsory so we can all work towards a day where dogs only get good press and not bad.