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.

A list of live and recently closed consultations on restricting dog access can be found at the bottom of this page. The easiest way to keep up to date with proposals is to sign up to KC Dog, please click here to find out further information.

After restrictions have been introduced

It is difficult to persuade a local authority to reverse or alter restrictions after they have been issued, but you can continue to contact the local authority if you believe Orders are not being implemented or enforced properly. For example, if there is no clear signage to identify an area where dogs are banned, or if council officials are being overly heavy handed in enforcing the rules - or not enforcing them at all, we would encourage you to contact the local authority directly, or get in touch with KC Dog by emailing kcdog@thekennelclub.org.uk

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.

The law on dog restrictions - Dog Control Orders and Public Spaces Protection Orders

If you would like to find out more about the law relating to dog restrictions please see our report -Out of Order, The Impact of Access Restrictions on Dogs and their Owners - click here to download.

Live Consultations

 

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. 

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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