Dog fouling

 

Responsible dog ownership means always picking up after your dog.

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.

 

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