Dog owners can be hit with a fine of up to £20,000 for breaking ownership rules - and there are more than 20 specific regulations.

Rules for owners are included in legislation on animal welfare, with fines reaching up to £20k if pet owners fall foul of them.

The rules range from controlling barking to keeping your pet healthy and happy - and they cover everywhere from your own home to private property and public spots, reports Chronicle Live.

There are also rules on taking your dog on a road trip as well as laws on identification, laws around lost and found or stray dogs and laws around breeding dogs then going on to sell them.

In addition, there are rules on dog kennels and boarding which should be followed.

New legislation could soon be introduced which will bring in tough new penalties for people who steal dogs.

Animal welfare

Under section nine of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, dogs must be kept in suitable environments and eat suitable diets.

They must also be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

Owners can be taken to court if they don’t look after their pets properly and face a prison sentence of up to 51 weeks, and a fine of up to £20,000.

The legislation also shows electric collars are banned, and tail docking is illegal. Ear cropping is also illegal.

Home, somebody else's property, barking

Allowing dogs to be out of control is illegal - whether it be in your own home or another property.

Owners can be prosecuted if their dog attacks someone in their home, including in their front and back gardens, or in private property, such as a pub.

And there are rules around barking, too. If a dog barks because they have been left home alone for too long, or want attention, it could be an offence.

Your local authority’s environmental health department can formally ask you to stop your dog from continuing the behaviour and, if you don’t, they can take your dog away from you.

Public

There are rules around dog mess, and not cleaning it up, with fines ranging anywhere from £100 to £1,000 depending on severity and local authority.

There is no blanket law requiring dogs to be kept on a lead in all public spaces.

But there are different orders you must follow based on council rules - including to keep dogs on leads around things like kids' parks.

If a dog is out of control in a public area, owners face £5k fines.

If a dog attacks livestock, dog owners can face £1k fines.

Farmers can also execute animals they think are harming their livestock.

The rules also offer regulations on collaring, tagging and microchipping.

Illegal types of dogs

Some types of dog are illegal to own, breed, sell, abandon or give away. The four banned types are:

Dog breeding

There are strict dog breeding laws and rules around selling and buying which must be followed.

In both England and Wales, it's illegal to sell a puppy under the age of eight weeks.

It's also against the law to sell pets in the street, in pet shops, at markets or in public places.

Dog walking

Local authorities can occasionally require dog walking businesses to be licensed - but this is at their discretion.

There are also strict rules around day care, requiring firms to be licensed, and home boarding.

Home dog boarders need a licence if they aim to make a profit, or if they earn any commission or fee.

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