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Responsible dog ownership campaign


Find out about our education, engagement and enforcement approach to encourage responsible dog ownership.

Two dogs

We carry out responsible dog ownership campaigns in hotspot areas countywide. Education and engagement involves:

  • our Civic Pride team and anti-dog fouling mascot, Scoop the dog, visiting schools to educate youngsters on the importance of being a responsible dog owner
  • free dog micro chipping events
  • street signage erected in hotspot dog fouling areas to encourage people to pick up after their dog
  • increased Neighbourhood wardens in target areas to catch those who fall foul of the law.

#FollowOurLead - be a responsible dog owner

On 1 June 2017, a Public Space Protection Order came into force in County Durham. This means it's an offence if you:

  1.  Allow a dog to foul without picking it up;
  2.  Allow a dog to stray;
  3.  Allow a dog into a designated fenced off play area;
  4.  Fail to put a dog on a lead when asked to do so by an authorised officer. 

Top tips

  • Your dog must be walked and exercised with a responsible dog owner present.
  • Never allow your dog to wander, roam loose or exercise on its own.
  • You must pick up after your dog and dispose of waste properly.
  • Bagged dog foul can be put in public waste bins or you can take your bagged dog waste home with you and place it into your household rubbish bin.
  • Please do not put dog waste in your recycling bin as it will contaminate your recycling.
  • Your dog must be microchipped.
  • Your dog must always wear a collar and identification tag, with contact details, so your dog can be identified if it becomes lost or stray.

Dog micro chipping 

On 6 April 2016, in England and Wales, it became law for all dogs aged 8 weeks old or over to be microchipped and details registered and kept up-to-date on an approved database. 

Where can I get my dog microchipped?

  • You can get your dog microchipped free of charge by Stray Aid kennels. Please contact them direct to arrange an appointment. Terms and conditions apply.
  • Alternatively, you can get your dog microchipped by your vet (fees apply).

Report dog fouling

Pledge to be a Green Dog Walker

Green Dog Walkers are volunteers who have taken a pledge to always clean up after their dog. They carry extra dog waste bags so they can offer a bag to anyone who finds themselves without one. Icon for pdf Download the Green Dog Walkers form (PDF, 412.3kb)  and join today.

Further information

​For further information about responsible dog ownership or dog fouling issues, please contact us.

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Contact us
Civic Pride
03000 26 1000
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Chilton Industrial Estate
  • Chilton
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL17 0SD
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