The British people are dog lovers. There is no other way to say it. We are a nation of around 65 million people and have a dog population of around 8.3 million!

There is no doubt that dogs bring absolute joy to us and enrich our lives. They of course occasionally test our patience with the odd torn sofa here and there or an emergency trip to the vets when you were about to go out for dinner, all because they found the wife’s secret stash of chocolate. In spite of all, we love them.

The special bond that we have with our dogs is based on trust, they rely on us and trust in us for almost everything. Every meal they eat is provided by us. We ensure they have a clean environment to live in and they trust us to look after their health needs. We have come to understand over the generations that we can trust them with guarding our safety and alerting us to many dangers. Because of this, it is easy for us to forget that they also trust us to ensure their safety.

Here at Sanctuary SOS, we provide a variety of fencing and enclosure solutions to provide a safe and joyous space for your dogs. We offer systems to ensure that they are free to roam around their garden without the chance of escaping. Sure, a regular fence is fine for lots of dogs but ask any Husky, Boxer or Greyhound owner about regular fencing! Lots of dogs can and will jump straight over a 6 feet high fence. Our specialist dog fences are designed to deflect the weight of any escapee dog so that irrespective of their size or agility, they are safely contained within a given area. We also offer lower, unobtrusive dog fence which are ideal for sectioning areas off for smaller dog breeds.

Dogs that are secured in their garden are far less at risk of road accidents, trauma and pet theft. Sadly as many as 65 dogs are stolen every day across the UK and countless dogs lose their lives in traffic accidents.

Dogs that escape from their gardens may become lost and experience high levels of anxiety. As such they can become aggressive and may find themselves fighting with other dogs who may be out walking with their owners. This is when the risk of them biting humans may be the greatest. Apart from the obvious horror of knowing that our pet has bitten and likely injured someone, we as dog owners also face the risk of prosecution. You may be shocked to learn that more than 200,000 people a year are estimated to be bitten by dogs in England alone. So the risk is certainly not to be ignored.

So what does the law say about all of this? GOV.UK states:

It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere”

Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it: injures someone OR makes someone worried that it might injure them”

A court could also decide that your dog is dangerously out of control if either of the following apply: it attacks someone’s animal OR the owner of an animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal”

As you can see, even if someone thinks they could be injured, there is reason for concern. The law regarding dog ownership and dog attacks is very complicated so we will soon be bringing you a guide of what you need to know as written by a UK dog law specialist. Check back here soon for it’s arrival.

If you would like to offer your dogs their own Sanctuary, getting a quote is really simple, send us a message using the button below and we will guide you through the process.