Almost all dog owners are responsible and considerate to others, as well as caring for the wellbeing of their dog. Dog owners enjoy the time they spend out walking with their dogs and there are health benefits for both owners and the dogs themselves. Unfortunately, not all dog owners think about the impact their dog might have on other people and not all dogs have been properly trained or socialised. We are posting this article, from East Devon District Council’s (EDDC’s) Environmental Health team, to help everyone, whether a dog owner or not, understand a bit more about how to be responsible and what to do if you encounter someone who causes problems by not being as considerate as we would all like.
Various controls have been in place across the country for many years which require owners to pick up after their dogs, to avoid certain areas or to keep them on leads. These controls were revised last year when new Public Spaces Protection Orders were introduced. These can be viewed on the EDDC website at http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/…/public-spaces-protection-ord…/ There are 5 types of control:
1. Dog owners must always pick up wherever they are.
2. Dog owners must keep their dogs on a lead on roads and pavements.
3. One person can only walk up to 6 dogs at once.
4. Dogs must not go into children’s play areas at any time or onto most beaches during the summer.
5. Dogs must be kept on a lead in some specified areas (such as formal gardens).
In addition to this, there are controls under separate legislation relating to dangerous or nuisance dogs.
Dogs must always be kept under close control, even when off the lead. If they have not been trained to respond immediately to the recall, they should not be let off the lead in any area used by other members of the public. Dogs must not be allowed to harass wildlife in the Country Park.
At home, all dogs must be kept secure within their own house or garden. If a dog does cause a problem, such as attacking other dogs or pets, fouling or continually escaping we recommend that the issues are raised with the dog owner if possible. Alternatively, advice can be obtained by contacting the Environmental Health team using the Report It facility on our website, by calling on 01395 517456 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . If an incident is reported please include full details of the situation, the location, the dog and its owner, along with dates and times. If the dog owner is unknown it is still worth reporting concerns as the team may be able to help using local knowledge. Where a dog has been involved in an incident resulting in a dog bite on a person, full details of the incident should be reported to the Police using the 101 service.
The Town Council has a dedicated page with information for dog owners which can be found at https://www.cranbrooktowncouncil.gov.uk/information-dog-ow…/