The Good Dog Code



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1.  Pick up Your dog’s daily business...

  • When you take your dog for a walk, be sure you have enough bags with you to pick up what your dog does naturally! 

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2.  ... and remember to bag it and bin it

  • We all know its a horrible thing to step in dog mess, and no-one wants to see dog poo-bags hanging from shrubbery, fence posts or even sometimes thrown onto footpaths.
  • Being a responsible dog owner means cleaning up after your pet.
  • Please put your poo-bags in a bin or take it home – don’t leave it for someone else to do for you!

3. Please respect our ‘non-dog’ friends’

  • Much as we love our pet pooches, please spare a thought for our ‘non‑dog’ friends. Some people really just don’t wants dogs near them even if they are only being friendly.

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4. Always control your dog

  • Be aware of other people and don’t let your dog become a nuisance to them or their dog   
  • Know your dog's breed and understand their likes and dislikes
  • The more you know your dog, the happier and safer your dog will be

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5. Take good care of your dog

  • Our dogs are precious, so keep your dog safe at all times.
  • Prevent your dog from straying away from you or your home
  • Be aware of where your dog is when on a walk.

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6. Socialise your dog

  • The majority of dogs like to play with other dogs so make sure your dog is socialised before they play.

  • No dog wants to be involved in an incident

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7. Be Responsible or face a fine

  • Unfortunately some dog owners are not responsible. For these few, legislation is tough on them. Enforcement action such as fixed penalties and possible court action can be taken against these dog owners.

8. Follow the Rules



Last Updated on Tuesday, August 31, 2021

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