KC Dog: Protecting Dog Owners' Rights

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KC Dog: Ensuring Fair Access for Dog Owners

An introduction to KC Dog

The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training, whose main objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.

As part of its External Affairs activities the Kennel Club runs a dog owners group KC Dog with approximately 5,000 members, which was established to monitor and keep dog owners up to date about dog related issues, including Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) being introduced across the country.

As a result we are the only national organisation named by the Government as a body that local authorities should consider consulting when introducing restrictions on dog walkers.

'Where a PSPO will affect dog owners or walkers e.g. by restricting access to all or certain parts of a park, the local authority should consult with them. This can be done through engaging with national organisations, such as the Kennel Club.'
(Defra, 'Dealing with irresponsible dog ownership Practitioner's manual', 2014)

KC Dog report – Out of Order, The Impact of Access Restrictions on Dogs and their Owners

We have recently published a report into the impact of Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), and other access restrictions on dog walkers. Highlighting good and bad practice, it contains recommendations for both government and local authorities to reduce the risk of unfair and disproportionate restrictions on responsible dog walkers.

Download the report here

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Join KC Dog

Membership of KC Dog is completely free, by joining you can sign up to receive tailored email alerts about proposed access restrictions in your area. All we require is your email address and the name of your local authority, join here.

KC Dog and our members have been successful in overturning a significant number of proposals to restrict dog walking access. These include:

  • Carmarthenshire County Council rethinking their proposal to ban off lead dog exercise in all of their parks
  • Daventry District Council deciding against proposals to ban dogs being exercised off lead across the whole of Daventry Country Park
  • Slough Borough Council reconsidering their proposal to require dog owners to keep their dogs on lead in half of their parks and open spaces
  • Persuading Caerphilly Council not to ban dogs from all sports pitches in Caerphilly

Join here.


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Dog Walking KC Dog Dog Owners Clean Neighbourhoods And Environment Act (2005)
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