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The Public Health Services Department, Veterinary Services Section of the Dubai Municipality have in place "Rules and Regulations for Dog Owners"
Public Health Services Department
Veterinary Services Section
Tel: 04 289 1114, Fax: 04 2891123
Their vision: To create an excellent city that provides the essence of success and comfort of living.
For a full details and a downloadable version of these regulations - Click Here
Shall we get a Puppy?
First of all, do some soul searching and ask yourself the following questions:
Do I have enough time to raise and train a puppy?
The little wee on the doormat may be funny when he is still a puppy but it is absolutely not amusing if he still does this as an adult dog. Training your puppy at an early age will be beneficiary to you and your dog. Most behaviour problems can be solved later in life, with some hard work and dedication, but it’s far better, easier, and cheaper just to get it right in the first place.
Can I afford to keep a dog?
Although this may seem a minor issue, having a pet is/can be costly.
My family situation
It’s extremely important for you to consider every family member before you buy a dog or a puppy, so the dog can fit into the family's lifestyle and environment successfully. Some dog breeds are better with children, while some aren't as playful and tolerant as a child would need. Furthermore, if your family situation is going to change in the near future (a new baby for instance), bringing a dog into your family may not be the right time.
My living situation
All puppies grow up into adult dogs. Ask yourself if there is enough living space for your family and your dog once he has fully grown and what are the chances of you leaving the UAE in the near future? Can your dog come with you? Have you thought about these costs?
My daily routine/schedule
Will having a puppy fit into my daily schedule? Having a puppy/dog is hard work! Besides training your puppy, you will have to fit exercise/walking, feeding, grooming and playing into your daily routine. Does your schedule allow you to do this? You may be able to schedule everything in the early morning and late evening but keep in mind that a dog is a social animal, who does not want to be left alone all day/every day. If you have a full time job
and nobody is at home while you are at work, having a puppy is not a good idea!
Do you have somebody looking after your pet when you are on holidays/away?