The purpose of the Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership
campaign is to promote and encourage responsible dog ownership to
all individuals and their communities as an antidote to negative
attitudes surrounding dog ownership.
The Responsible Dog Ownership campaign focuses on the need for dog
training, particularly through the Good Citizen Dog Scheme, cleaning up after your dog,
pet identification and the encouragement of ethical treatment of
dogs by preventing them suffering and even dying in hot cars over
the summer months.
As the first port of call on all canine matters, the Kennel Club
supports Responsible Dog Ownership within local authorities through
Cleaning up after your dog
Owning a dog brings a great deal of enjoyment but also carries
with it many responsibilities. If owners are not aware of these
responsibilities then communities can grow to dislike the dogs in
their areas and anti-dog attitudes can develop.
- Owners will be prosecuted if they allow their dog to foul and
do not clear up in designated areas (Dog Fouling of the Land Act
- Cleaning up after your dog is one of the key areas of
responsibilities for dog owners, especially when in public spaces.
You can face considerable fines if you do not.
- Carry poop scoop bags with you at all times. Simply keep a
plastic bag in your pocket when out walking.
Reduce complaints about dogs and their owners in your local
community by keeping public spaces foul free.
We have also produced a wallet-sized 'Walkies' guide
to walking your dog (PDF) in the English and Welsh
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