Let’s go back to basics for a moment and think about our role as caregivers for our dogs. Every animal owner should understand the Five Freedoms which are an internationally recognised code for animal welfare.
Anyone responsible for looking after animals should aim to meet each of these freedoms.
1. Freedom from hunger and thirst
This means giving your dog adequate food and water to keep them healthy
2. Freedom from discomfort
All animals deserve adequate shelter and a place to rest
3. Freedom from pain, injury and disease
Owners should focus on keeping their animals safe from harm and, when they are sick, they should be taken for appropriate care without delay
4. Freedom to behave normally
This is about ensuring there is enough space for an animal to exhibit its normal behaviour including having opportunities to interact with others of its own kind
5. Freedom from fear and distress
Treatment should ensure that animals are not distressed or fearful, exhibiting good mental health