The number of people calling for help because their council or Landlord or Housing Association has served notice or visited to say they will and that the dog has to go has increased a lot in the last 3 years. For some reason people keep starting petitions and not addressing the issues. Get some advice as soon as there is a problem, don’t start a petition, always admit your mistakes. Don’t ignore notices, start acting straight away. Some cases we have been unable to help as it has gone on so long, the authority won’t accept a remedy.
We have acted as advocate in many cases of landlord and tenant dog disputes and in home owner and council disputes. Regardless of the situation, if you ask for help early enough, the outcome can be much more successful.
Be honest, if there is a problem because your dog barks, roams, you don’t clean your garden enough or anything else, accept your mistakes. If we assess you and the dog, we will be honest. If there are problems, we will draw up a training plan for you, a going forward program to satisfy the authority,ongoing support and advice. You must adhere to any plan, long term too.
If the problem is noise, many Council Dog Wardens will come and give you advice. If that doesn’t work, ask for behaviour help. Keep a very strict diary if there is a noise problem as complainants will be told to keep one. You can end up blamed for every dog barking and with no proof, you’ll be in trouble.
If it is a tenancy dispute, it is usually because there has been a complaint. Deal with the reason, get your dog trained, neutered, chipped. Don’t ignore it and let it carry on to court or eviction notices. Your GP cannot write a letter suddenly claiming your dog is some sort of support dog. True Assistance dogs are trained and certificated by specific charities under an international standard. Facebook is not a source of reliable help.
If you would like advice, contact us. We don’t charge for a chat or initial advice. If you later need a proper assessment and training plan or you need us to meet with authorities, we’d have to charge.
- sorting any training, noise or behaviour issues
- cleaning any outside areas daily
- fixing any fencing breaks
- getting letters of support from neighbours, GP, Mental Health professionals, Social Workers
- asking for dog warden to visit to get some advice
- neutering your dog
- chipping your dog
- joining a training class
This is just a starting point. Proving you are a responsible owner and there aren’t likely to be future problems. Letters need to be specific, ones saying “this person loves their dog and looks after it well” won’t make much difference.
The main thing is to act quickly and get some professional advice. Don’t panic or hide, early intervention can make the difference.
If you are struggling to find pet friendly accommodation, some landlords have had bad experiences and so won’t even consider it. Try getting your pet assessed by a behaviourist, investing in a cage for when you go out, getting references from previous landlords, Offer a bigger deposit, extra clauses in your tenancy regarding more checks. Offer a meeting with the landlord and your pet.