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

Animal cruelty
Animal cruelty is an abhorrent offence which subjects animals to unnecessary pain and suffering. We support every effort to stamp out cruelty in order to defend dog welfare and protect dogs across the world from harm.
Animal cruelty
Open for Dogs
We have launched our 'Open for Dogs' campaign, which encourages businesses, workplaces and other public places to welcome our dogs. Read our advice and information for both businesses and owners. 
Open for Dogs
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Access for owners and dogs

As the keeper of one of the largest Public Spaces Protection Order databases in the country, we monitor and respond to proposals that seek to restrict access for dogs.

Access for owners & dogs
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Animal testing

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

Animal testing
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#BePuppywise

New owners need to choose the right puppy and breeder, and then ensure they can provide all the care that their puppy needs. Find out how to #BePuppywise if you're thinking about getting a dog.

Be Puppywise
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Brachycephalic breeds

Learn what brachycephalic and BOAS mean and read more about the valuable work we are doing to help improve the health of these increasingly popular breeds.

Brachycephalic breeds
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Breeding regulations

We engage with policymakers to advocate for better enforcement of breeding regulations, and for measures which enable puppy buyers to identify responsible breeders.

Dog breeding regulations
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Brexit

New pet travel rules mean that travelling between Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and the EU with your dog now looks a little different. Find out how you will be affected and what action we are taking.

Brexit

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
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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
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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
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Compulsory scanning

Compulsory scanning has become an increasingly prominent animal welfare issue, with many raising their concerns about when pets should have their microchips scanned.

Compulsory scanning

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
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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 - deed not breed

Dog meat trade

We are opposed to the sale and consumption of dog meat, and believe that the trade must be outlawed to protect animal welfare.

Dog meat trade
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Dog theft

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

Dog theft
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Dogs die in hot cars

You should never leave your dog in a parked car on a warm day because they can become dehydrated, develop heatstroke or even die.

Dogs die in hot cars
German Shepherd Dog sitting indoors by a fireplace

Dogs in rented accommodation

No-pet clauses on tenancy agreements unnecessarily punish responsible pet owners in rented accommodation.

Rented accommodation

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.

Dog walking and wildlife
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Electric shock collars

Electric shock collars are cruel training devices that cause unnecessary pain and suffering to dogs. We support a total ban on their use and sale.

Electric shock collars
Dog in field of sheep

Livestock worrying

Livestock worrying occurs when a dog chases or attacks livestock. Find out how you can help to reduce this concerning animal welfare issue.

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

Paw-by-paw

Our post-lockdown guide. To help owners to navigate the ‘new normal’, we have brought together the key information you need to know.

Post-lockdown guide
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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
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Third party sales

Commercial third party sales are banned across Great Britain. After years of campaigning, we are incredibly pleased to welcome this progress.

Third-party sales