Dogs and The Law Certificate Level 3

Key Information

Key Information


Start Date


Study Mode



Up to a year


Course Fees




Unit 1

Current laws and how they relate to the dogs in your care.

The first unit of the dog law course studies the Dangerous Dogs Act and the Animal Welfare Act in terms of how these relate to dogs and how they are relevant to those caring for dogs in a variety of environments.

Unit 2

Dog ownership responsibilities

This unit studies the law with regard to dog ownership responsibilities. Subjects covered in this unit include dogs and trespassing, stray dogs, dogs and livestock/game, dog walking and bye-laws.

Dog Law Course


This course has the aim of providing information about the most up to date legislation relating to dogs in the UK.


It also has the objective of promoting dog welfare, responsible dog ownership and public safety.


This course is of relevance to anyone working or volunteering with dogs, particularly Animal Welfare Officers, Dog Wardens, Environmental Health Officers and those responsible for the rehoming of dogs. This course is also of relevance to dog owners.



Dogs and the Law

The field of animal law has drawn considerable interest during the past few decades. Human-animal interactions cause conflicts on an individual, local, national and international level and are increasingly subject to legal regulation.

The domestic dog has been man’s best friend and most loyal companion since antiquity. With a population spanning more than 500 million worldwide, dogs are the second most popular companion animal (after cats) on a global scale. Dogs play multiple roles in our society: They are our companions, they provide valuable services to the police and the military, they are trained to guard livestock and take part in sports, they work to assist us as guide dogs, hearing dogs, disability assistance dogs and more. Not all dogs are owned; many dogs are stray, abandoned or in shelters. Others are unfortunately used in experiments or illegal sports such as fighting.  

Dogs are deeply integrated into human society, and the need for a set of laws that will not only protect them from harm but also promote their welfare is imperative. At the same time, it is crucial that legislation provides a framework that protects people from dangerous dogs.