The Kennel Club campaigns

The Kennel Club runs a host of campaigns each year to try to make a difference for the life of dogs, and to raise awareness of issues around dog health and welfare.

A Voice For Dogs Manifesto

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The manifesto calls upon the incoming Governments to urgently address the key issues facing dogs. The manifesto contains considered and practical solutions to concerns including breeding, dog walking restrictions and pet travel.

Download the manifesto

Latest campaigns

Cattle safety
As cattle are increasingly grazed on public land, it is becoming more difficult for dog owners to avoid conflict with cattle which could result in death or injury when walking in the countryside.
Cattle Safety
Dog walking and wildlife
Dog walkers account for half of all visits to the UK’s outdoors, with many passionate about walking their pets in a safe and responsible way in forests, along coastlines, and through the countryside.
Dog walking and wildlife
Dog running in the sea

Access for owners and dogs

We monitor and respond to individual public space protection order proposals that seek to restrict dog access to our public spaces.

Access for owners & dogs
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Animal testing

We are opposed to the use of dogs in animal experiments primarily for the benefit of humans and have significant concerns about the use of dogs in regulatory toxicity testing.

Animal testing
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Ban dog meat trade

Dog meat eating has been traditionally associated to cultural traditions in some Asian countries and falsely linked to myths about health benefits. Find out how you can help.

Ban dog meat trade
Labrador sat in leaves

Ban electric shock collars

We are against the use of any negative training methods or devices. This includes electric shock collars (ESCs).

Ban electric shock collars
Mother and puppies

Ban third-party sales

With legislation banning third-party sales in England coming into effect in 2020, we're now turning our attention to Scotland and Wales.

Ban third-party sales
Jenny Campbell with her two dogs

#BePuppywise

New owners need to choose the right puppy and breeder, and then ensure they can provide all what their puppy needs. Find out how to #BePuppywise.

#BePuppywise
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Brachycephalic breeds

Learn what brachycephalic and BOAS mean and the valuable work that The Kennel Club is doing to help improve the health of these increasingly popular breeds.

Brachycephalic breeds
Puppies asleep

Breeding regulation

The Kennel Club believes that dog breeding activities should be regulated and that more breeders should be brought into the licensing regime. Read our Collaboration is Key report.

Breeding regulation
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Brexit

Learn more about how to travel with your dog after the Brexit. Rules regarding travel to/from Northern Ireland will be different to the rest of the UK.

Brexit
Labrador sat on vet table

Compulsory microchipping

Keeping your details up to date on microchipping databases is a legal requirement and helps to reunite lost pets with their owners.

Compulsory microchipping
Christmas corgi

Christmas

We have devised a range of resources to get you through December to ensure you and your dog stay happy; from teaching your dog something new, to keeping the kids busy.

Christmas

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this period of uncertainty for us all, The Kennel Club is here for you and your dog. Find useful information to keep your dog safe during the pandemic.

Coronavirus hub
Dog having its microchip scanned

Compulsory scanning

Compulsory scanning would ensure that no healthy or treatable pet can be euthanised by a vet without having its microchip scanned first, and without permission from its registered keeper.

Compulsory scanning
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Dangerous dogs - deed not breed

Breed-specific legislation ignores the role that anti-social behaviour by irresponsible dog owners plays in biting incidents.

Dangerous dogs
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Dog thefts

Over 2,000 dogs are stolen each year across the United Kingdom. With less than 5% of cases resulting in conviction, we believe penalties need to be harsher.

Dog thefts
Border Collie sat in car

Dogs die in hot vehicles

You should never leave your dog in a parked car on a warm day. They can become dehydrated, develop heat stroke or even die.

Dogs in hot vehicles
German Shepherd Dog sitting indoors by a fireplace

Dogs in rented accommodation

The Kennel Club supports a Bill to establish rights to keep dogs in domestic accommodation.

Rented accommodation
Dog in field of sheep

Livestock worrying

Livestock worrying under UK law covers attacking or chasing livestock. Find out how you can help to reduce livestock attacks.

Livestock worrying
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Partners and collaborators in health

We work with breed health co-ordinators, working groups and partners in a variety of ways.

Partners in health
Spaniel running

Puppy imports

Importing puppies raises concerns about animal welfare and exploitation, including transporting conditions, puppy farming and smuggling.

Puppy imports
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Regulation of fireworks

With around 40% of the UK's dogs being scared of fireworks, owners often need to plan ahead to keep their dog calm ahead of Bonfire Night.

Regulation of fireworks