When taking care of other peoples’ dogs my main aim has always been to care for them as I do my own dogs; keep them safe and happy and make sure all those I come into contact with are kept safe too. Responsible London dog walkers like myself strive at all times to keep up with the latest rules and regulations which emanate from our esteemed government and from this year yet more new rules have come into place.
Dog Control Orders.
This draconian sounding title arises because of a minority of dog owners who in the past have allowed their animals to become out of control in public, sometimes resulting in people or other dogs being attacked or bitten. This order, given under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 includes:
- Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times in certain parks and public spaces.
- A maximum of 6 dogs to be walked by one person.
- It is against the law to allow a dog to be dangerously out of control anywhere, whether that be in a public place or in a private garden.
- A dog can be considered to be out of control even if another person becomes worried that it might bite them.
- Penalties for allowing a dog to be out of control include possible unlimited fines and/or a prison sentence.
Public Space Protection Orders.
In certain public areas you have to:
- Keep your dog on a lead.
- Put him on a lead when told to by a police officer, a community support officer or council official.
- Limit the number of dogs, as above.
Again, disregarding these rules can result in a hefty fine.
Clear Up After Your Dog.
Responsible dog owners always clean up after their dogs, as I do, but for those who can’t be bothered then a fixed penalty of £50-80 can be imposed. The new rules mean that you can receive a fine just for not carrying a poop bag with you!
Here in London it seems that there are ever more restrictions being placed on where we can go with our dogs and on what we can do when we get there. All the more reason then to entrust the safe care of your pooch to me and my team and relax knowing that we’re up-to-date on all the latest rules.