The Dog Warden's six steps to responsible dog ownership

How to be a responsible dog owner

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Dog fouling

It is an offence not to clean up after your dog has fouled in a public place. If caught, the penalty on the owner is either a fixed penalty notice or prosecution.

To find out more visit our dog fouling page

Stray dogs

It is against the law for a dog to be in a public place if not wearing a collar and identification with its owners name and address on it and since 6 April 2016 dogs must be microchipped by law, or their owners run the risk of a £500 fine.

If a dog is found straying, we will seize it and detain it. Owners are charged a statutory fine and a kennelling fee on collection.

To find out more visit our stray dog page


Microchipping is a permanent method of identifying your dog so if it escapes it will be easier for it to be returned to you. Make sure that the details on the chip are kept up to date.

To find out more visit our microchipping page

Dog barking

If a dog causes a noise nuisance from barking, we may serve a notice on the owner requiring the nuisance to stop. Failure to comply with the notice may result in prosecution.

To find out more visit our noise nuisance page

Buying a puppy

Before buying a puppy you should think about the following:

  • Is the breed suitable for you and your family
  • Are you ready for a responsibility that could last for fifteen years
  • Can you afford all the costs for example, food, vets bills, equipment
  • Will you have enough time to exercise, groom and train your dog
  • Will you be able to see the puppy with its parents before you buy it

We are frequently asked to re-home older dogs when the novelty has worn off and new puppies when their owners realise how much work and commitment is needed.


Neutering prevents unwanted litters and the problems associated with them, such as the difficulty in finding homes for the puppies. Neutering reduces the risk of certain diseases in older dogs.

Last updated: ‎07‎/‎11‎/‎2017‎ ‎12‎:‎00‎