The UK's largest dog welfare organisation, the Kennel Club, is
urging dog owners in the Three Rivers district in Hertfordshire to
have their say on proposals which could restrict where people can
walk their dogs in the area.
Three Rivers District Council is able to restrict dog access in
the county through Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs), which
replaced Dog Control Orders, under the Anti-social, Crime and
Policing Act 2015. PSPOs can exclude anyone with dogs from
certain areas, ensure dogs are kept on leads at all times in
certain areas, and limit the number of dogs a person can walk at
The council is currently consulting the public to determine if
there is a need for further dog restrictions in the area, including
areas in which dogs should be kept on leads and dog bans on a
number of playing fields and recreation areas across the district.
The Kennel Club's campaign group, KC Dog, is alerting its members
and local dog owners to the consultation to ensure that the outcome
is as fair as possible for all parties.
Specific restrictions the council is consulting on include bans on
certain playing fields in areas such as Abbots Langley,
Rickmansworth, Croxley Green, Leavesden and South Oxhey. The
Kennel Club believes that total bans for dogs on public open spaces
must be necessary and proportionate and should only be used as a
very last resort, as open spaces can be ideal for dogs to be
exercised off lead, which is essential for canine health and
Furthermore, the Kennel Club holds the view that any ban on dogs
from public spaces should be based on evidence and only implemented
if there is a genuine need.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "It is crucial that
as many dog owners as possible in areas governed by Three Rivers
District Council have their say on the potential restrictions, to
enable the council to make an informed and fair decision for
everyone who enjoys the local area.
"Some aspects of PSPOs, such as the requirement to pick up after a
dog, are very sensible measures to help promote responsible dog
ownership. However, other aspects such as a complete ban on dogs
from certain areas are less reasonable and unlikely to be welcomed
by the many responsible dog owners in the area whose pets enjoy
local public spaces without any issue.
"Government guidance highlights that Three Rivers District Council
has many other options at its disposal, such as Acceptable
Behaviour Contracts and Community Protection Notices, which target
enforcement action at the minority of anti-social dog owners,
rather than penalising everybody for the irresponsible actions of a
few; so we would much rather see these being utilised.
"We hope that any new laws regarding dogs in the area are balanced
and proportionate and will allow responsible dog owners who simply
want to keep their dogs fit and healthy by exercising them in
public open spaces to continue to do so.
"We are glad that Three Rivers District Council has consulted
directly with the Kennel Club, as a national organisation which
gives a voice to dog owners, and we have expressed our views on the
proposed restrictions accordingly and would strongly recommend
local dog owners do the same."
For further details on the consultation, including maps of the
areas affected and to respond, visit
The consultation closes on 15th May.
KC Dog is a dog owner campaign group, free to join, which keeps
members updated on dog access issues, and other relevant Kennel
Club campaign issues, which may affect dog owners across the
country. Visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcdog
for more information and to join.