KC Dog for dog owners

Walking your dog in a local park, along a country path or a particular stretch of beach is something most dogs and their owners enjoy every day. But that pleasure should not be taken for granted, even though it is an integral part of being a responsible dog owner.

What you can do before restrictions are introduced

Local authorities must consult and consider the views of their community before introducing any restrictions on dog walkers. Typically they do this via online surveys or inviting comment via email.

Responding to consultations is extremely important and we encourage all potentially affected dog owners to do so. Making your local authority aware of your views and experiences can make the difference between being able to continue to enjoy your favourite dog walks or not.

The Kennel Club is always willing to discuss local authorities proposed Public Spaces Protection Orders with dog walkers from their areas and help find potential solutions to dog related issues they are facing. We can be contacted by email at kcdog@thekennelclub.org.uk or on 020 7518 1020. 

Please download our briefings which can be sent on to local authorities considering any of the measures below:

KC Dog Report ‘Out of Order: The Impact of Access Restrictions on Dogs and their Owners

Guiding Principles for Introducing Public Spaces Protection Orders

Dog fouling

KC Dog Briefing dog fouling (means to pick up)

KC Dog Briefing dog fouling (DNA registers)

KC Dog Briefing dog access, exclusions and dogs on leads

Professional Dog Walkers Code (this is being developed, please contact kcdog@thekennelclub.org.uk for more information)

KC Professional Dog Walkers/Maximum Number of Dogs

KC Dog Briefing equality considerations

KC Dog Briefing signage (this is being developed, please contact kcdog@thekennelclub.org.uk for more information)

For any further information please contact: kcdog@thekennelclub.org.uk or read our report here.

Live Consultations

Torfaen County Borough Council has published their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog exclusion
  • Dog on lead
  • Dog fouling

The deadline to respond is 15th December. For more information, please visit this page. 

Tunbridge Wells Council has published their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog exclusion
  • A new offence requiring dog owners to have the means to pick up
  • Dog fouling 

The deadline to respond is 18th December. For more information, please visit this page.

Cannock Chase Council has published their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog exclusion
  • Dog on lead
  • Maximum number of dogs
  • Dog fouling

The deadline to respond is 18th December. For more information, please visit this page

Rugby Council has published their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog exclusion
  • Dog on lead
  • Maximum number of dogs
  • Dog fouling

For more information, please visit this page. 

Leeds City Council has published their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog exclusion
  • Dog on lead
  • Maximum number of dogs
  • Dog fouling

The deadline to respond is 15th December. For more information, please visit this page

Merton Council has published their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog exclusion
  • Dog on lead by direction
  • Dog fouling
  • Maximum number of dogs

The deadline to respond is 30th October. For more information, please visit this page.

London borough of Newham has published their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • Dog exclusion
  • Dog on lead
  • Dog on lead by direction
  • Maximum number of dogs walked by one individual

The deadline to respond is 6th November. For more information, please visit this page. 

Luton Council has published their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

Dog fouling
Dog on lead

The deadline to respond is 11th December. For more information, please visit this page. 

Guildford Council has published their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

Dog fouling

The deadline to respond is 17th November. For more information, please visit this page. 

Recently Closed Consultations

Suffolk Coastal District Council has published their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on: 

  • Dog fouling 
  • Dog exclusion
  • Dog on lead
  • Dog on lead by direction

The deadline to respond was 22nd September. For more information, please visit this page. 

London Borough of Lewisham has published their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • Dog exclusion
  • Dog on lead
  • Dog on lead by direction
  • Maximum number of dogs walked by one individual

The deadline to respond was 24th September. For more information, please visit this page.

Teignbridge Borough Council has published their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • A new offence requiring dog owners to have the means to pick up
  • Dog exclusion
  • Dog on lead
  • Dog on lead by direction
  • Maximum number of dogs

The deadline to respond was 29th September. For more information, please visit this page.

South Lakeland District Council has published their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • Dog exclusion

The deadline to respond was 1st October. For more information, please visit this page

London Borough of Enfield has published their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog exclusion
  • Dog on lead
  • Dog on lead by direction

The deadline to respond was 1st October. For more information, please visit this page. 

Wealden District Council has published their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog fouling

The deadline to respond was 6th October. For more information, please visit this page

Cheshire East Council has published their Public Spaces Protection Order consultation which includes proposals on:

  • Dog fouling
  • Dog on lead by direction

The deadline to respond was 10th October. For more information, please visit this page

 

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