We take you and your dog’s safety very seriously. As such, we have prepared some safe meeting guidelines which may help you enjoy your experience and avoid problems when interacting with other members and their dogs. These guidelines are provided solely for your information. In all instances meetings are at your risk and you must make your own assessment.

Your Safety:
We urge you to be cautious when interacting with other members of and their dogs. You should always have regard to where meetings occur and the type of information you provide about yourself. To that end, you must not include any telephone numbers, street addresses, URLs or email addresses in your member profile. In addition, any content that you transmit or post on, or otherwise transmit to any other member of by any other means, will be considered non-confidential.

If contact is unwelcome, then we note that you can use the "blocking" feature to stop any other member from viewing your profile or contacting you.

Your Dog's Safety:
Your dog's safety is just as important. We recommend you introduce dogs on neutral territory at an off-leash dog park. Contact your local council for information on off-leash parks in your area.

We suggest you inspect any yard where you might leave your dog. Check for hazards like cooked bones, stone fruits, fence holes.

Ask to see vaccination certificates of dogs that your dog will be interacting with and ensure your dog is regularly wormed and treated for fleas.

Dogs must always have fresh water in a bowl which cannot be knocked over, and shelter from rain, sun and wind. dogtree prohibits the posting of information or advertisements in relation to breeding, rehoming or selling animals.

Be Aware of and Disclose Risks:
We suggest that you be conscious of minimising risks, such as assessing the temperament of other people’s dogs and considering whether a meeting place or yard is suitable and secure. For example, if you know your dog likes to dig, is it likely that your dog may escape from someone else’s yard? If you know your dog has allergies which may impact on an interaction, have you disclosed them and/or assessed whether a meeting should proceed given the expected conditions?

If your dog poses a risk to others, you should ensure that others are fully informed about the risks. For example, if your dog is considered a dangerous or restricted breed or has shown aggressive tendencies you should let people know. Similarly, if your dog may pose a health risk people should made aware of the risk. Disclosing risks may allow you to avoid a claim if harm or injury arises.

If your dog has not been spade and pregnancy is an issue, have regard to whether your dog is on heat or approaching heat and the likely interactions that may arise with other dogs.

Dogs are Unpredictable:
No matter how familiar you are with a dog, it should be treated as being unpredictable. Dogs should always be supervised, particularly around children. If dogs may interact with children you should ensure that they will be supervised.

Dog on the Run:
It is possible that your dog will escape whilst under supervision of another person. We suggest that all dogs have an appropriate collar and registration tag for identification purposes. In addition, regard should be had to using identifying micro-chips if you are concerned that your dog may be taken or lost.

Promises to Others:
If you make a promise to walk another person’s dog, make sure you follow through with your promises. Consider how you would feel if someone promised to walk your dog and broke that promise.

Be clear about what will happen while a dog is in your care, so as to avoid any confusion with the dog’s owner. If you promise to feed someone’s dog with a certain type of dog food, you should ensure that this is done.

Complying with Laws:
You should check what local laws apply to ensure that they can be met. For example, you should ensure that leads are available if your dog must be walked on a lead. If you dog has to be or should be muzzled then you should ensure that a muzzle is available for use.

In the event of an emergency you should immediately contact the relevant authority, and if appropriate contact emergency services. You should consider whether to supply your contact details to people who are supervising your dog, so they can contact you if the need arises. For example, if your dog requires urgent treatment, in which case, you may need to consider whether you nominate a preferred vet.

If you witness or suspect harm or abuse to your dog or another person’s dog, please report the abuse to the relevant authorities and the RSCPA in your state.

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