Farm working dogs
Working dogs require the same routine care as any other dog would: adequate nutrition, vaccinations, regular worm control (including heartworm prevention), control of fleas, and desexing (if dogs are not intended to be used for breeding).
The Responsible ownership of farm working dogs booklet informs owners of working dogs of the health and legal issues they must be aware of.
It includes information on:
Legal issues – There are a number of legal issues that owners of working dogs in particular must be aware of to avoid prosecution
Health care – Historically the health and welfare of working dogs has been overlooked and yet they are unmistakably an integral part of the working staff in the farm workplace.
Your working dog contributes many hours of labour, so care should be taken to ensure the dog can work to the best of its ability.
For more advice or information
Contact your local council if you have questions about your rights and responsibilities as a dog owner. Your council will also deal with concerns about wandering or nuisance pets.