Responsible dog ownership means always picking up after your
The Kennel Club believes that dog owners should always pick up
after their dogs wherever they are, including fields and woods in
the wider countryside. The only exception to this should be if
there is an indication from the landowner to the contrary - for
example the Forestry Commission 'Flick it off the path' posters and
in some Hampshire County Council sites. Not picking up after your
dog can cause problems for farmers and livestock just the same as
for people in towns.
Since the introduction of Dog Control Orders under the Clean
Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (2005), owners may be prosecuted
if they allow their dog to foul and do not clear it up in
designated areas. Cleaning up after your dog is one of the key
responsibilities of dog ownership, especially when in public
places. Simply keep a poo/plastic bag in your pocket when out
walking. Placing dog mess in normal litter bins is generally
accepted by most local councils unless there are signs to the
contrary. However, a lack of a nearby bin is no excuse. To bag it
and leave it is also completely unacceptable as this is extremely
bad for the environment. Don't cause an environmental hazard and
leave poo bags in trees, on fences or on the ground.
The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill currently
being discussed in Parliament proposes to replace Dog Control
Orders with new measures named Public Spaces Protection Orders
(PSPOs). PSPOs would have a far more wide-ranging remit that would
not be restricted to only tackling dog related incidents in public
spaces. The Kennel Club is currently working with Defra, the Home
Office and other animal welfare organisations on the Bill and to
ensure that the Bill's dog specific elements effectively target
problem behaviour and do not compromise animal welfare.
Ultimately, owners who do not meet their responsibilities only
contribute to growing anti-dog sentiment and give dog owners a bad
reputation within their local communities.