KC Dog for dog owners

 

Walking your dog in a local park, along a country path or a particular stretch of beach is something most dogs and their owners enjoy every day. But that pleasure should not be taken for granted, even though it is an integral part of being a responsible dog owner.

What you can do before restrictions are introduced

Local authorities must consult and consider the views of their community before introducing any restrictions on dog walkers. Typically they do this via online surveys or inviting comment via email.

Responding to consultations is extremely important and we encourage all potentially affected dog owners to do so. Making your local authority aware of your views and experiences can make the difference between being able to continue to enjoy your favourite dog walks or not.

A list of live and recently closed consultations on restricting dog access can be found at the bottom of this page. The easiest way to keep up to date with proposals is to sign up to KC Dog, please click here to find out further information.

After restrictions have been introduced

It is difficult to persuade a local authority to reverse or alter restrictions after they have been issued, but you can continue to contact the local authority if you believe Orders are not being implemented or enforced properly. For example, if there is no clear signage to identify an area where dogs are banned, or if council officials are being overly heavy handed in enforcing the rules - or not enforcing them at all, we would encourage you to contact the local authority directly, or get in touch with KC Dog by emailing kcdog@thekennelclub.org.uk

Join KC Dog

Membership of KC Dog is completely free, by joining you can sign up to receive tailored email alerts about proposed access restrictions in your area. All we require is your email address and the name of your local authority, join here.

KC Dog and our members have been successful in overturning a significant number of proposals to restrict dog walking access. These include:

  • Carmarthenshire County Council rethinking their proposal to ban off lead dog exercise in all of their parks
  • Daventry District Council deciding against proposals to ban dogs being exercised off lead across the whole of Daventry Country Park
  • Slough Borough Council reconsidering their proposal to require dog owners to keep their dogs on lead in half of their parks and open spaces
  • Persuading Caerphilly Council not to ban dogs from all sports pitches in Caerphilly

Join here.

The law on dog restrictions - Dog Control Orders and Public Spaces Protection Orders

If you would like to find out more about the law relating to dog restrictions please see our report -Out of Order, The Impact of Access Restrictions on Dogs and their Owners - click here to download.

Live Consultations

Flintshire Council has published their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • Dogs on lead
  • Dogs on lead by direction
  • A new offence requiring dog owners to have the means to pick up
  • Dog exclusion

The deadline to respond is 29th June. For more information, please visit this page.

Bedford Borough Council has published their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dogs on lead
  • Dog exclusion

The deadline to respond is 31st July For more information, please visit this page.

Recently Closed Consultations

East Northamptonshire Council has recently closed their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • Dogs on lead
  • Dogs on lead by direction
  • Max number of dogs
  • Dog exclusion

The deadline to respond was 10th June For more information, please visit this page.

Burnham Beeches under the The City of London has recently closed their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • Dog on lead
  • Dog exclusion
  • Dog on lead by direction
  • Maximum number of dogs

The deadline to respond is 15th June. For more information, please visit this page.

Rother District Council has recently closed their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • Dogs on lead
  • Dog exclusion

The deadline to respond was 19th June For more information, please visit this page.

Chorley Council has recently closed their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • A new offence requiring dog owners to have the means to pick up
  • Dogs on lead
  • Maximum number of dogs
  • Dog exclusion

The deadline to respond was 21st June. For more information, please visit this page.

East Lindsey District Council has recently closed their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • Dog exclusion

The deadline to respond was 21st June. For more information, please visit this page.

Walsall Council has recently closed their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dogs on lead

The deadline to respond was 21st June. For more information, please visit this page.

Scarborough Council has recently closed their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • Dogs on lead
  • Dogs on lead by direction
  • Dog exclusion

The deadline to respond was 26th May. For more information, please visit this page.

Southwark Council has recently closed their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • Dogs on lead
  • Dogs on lead by direction
  • Max number of dogs
  • Dog exclusion

The deadline to respond was 5th June. For more information, please visit this page.

Knowsley Council has recently closed their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • Dogs on lead
  • Dogs on lead by direction
  • Dog exclusion

The deadline to respond was 18th May. For more information, please visit this page.

Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council has recently closed their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which included proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • Dogs on lead
  • Dogs on lead by direction
  • A new offence requiring dog owners to have the means to pick up
  • Dog exclusion

The deadline to respond was 14th May For more information, please visit this page.

Hillingdon Council has recently closed their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which included proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • Maximum number of dogs
  • Dogs on lead
  • Dogs on lead by direction
  • Dog exclusion

The deadline to respond was 9th April. For more information, please visit this page.

Sefton has recently closed their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which included proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • A new offence requiring dog owners to have the means to pick up
  • Dogs on lead
  • Dogs on lead by direction
  • Dog exclusion
  • Maximum number of dogs

The deadline to respond was 11th April. For more information, please visit this page.

Richmond Council has recently closed their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which included proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • Dogs on lead
  • Dog exclusion
  • Maximum number of dogs

The deadline to respond was 12th April. For more information, please visit this page.

North Somerset Council has recently closed their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • A new offence requiring dog owners to have the means to pick up
  • Dogs on lead
  • Dogs on lead by direction
  • Dog exclusion

The deadline to respond was 31st March. For more information, please visit this page.

Wellingborough Council has recently closed their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • Dog exclusion
  • Dog on lead by direction
  • Dog on lead

The deadline to respond was 31st March. For more information, please visit this page.

Tandridge District Council has recently closed their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • Dog exclusion

The deadline to respond was 27th March. For more information, please visit this page.

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