Dog fouling

Report it! - report an instance of dog fouling online.

Dog controls posterDerbyshire Dales District Council responded to the views of local people by introducing new dog orders that became law in public spaces across the Derbyshire Dales from 1 April 2015.

The District Council's Environment Committee approved plans on 26 February 2015 to adopt exclusion orders and a dogs-on-leads policy in certain areas - and give council workers powers to issue fixed penalty notices to dog owners who fail to remove dog mess left by their animals in public places.

Here's the list of sites [PDF 92KB] covered by the dog orders.

  • The orders seek to balance the needs of responsible dog owners against the interests of those affected by dogs, particularly children.

Whoopsies, doo-doos and poos are some of the cute names that are used to give a pleasant name to what is rather unpleasant subject.

Allowing your dog to foul on open spaces and failing to clear it up is irresponsible, highly unpleasant and also potentially dangerous. Dog faeces carry many germs. A child who plays where a dog has fouled can pick up germs which lead to illness. In extreme cases this may result in blindness. 

It is anti-social - dog mess is offensive to look at. We have all at some time, had to step carefully when walking along the pavement and had the obnoxious experience of actually treading in this mess.

What should dog owners do?

Ideally your dog should be trained to foul at home within your own garden where it easier to clear up and dispose of the waste correctly.

If your dog fouls in a public place please pick the dog waste using a suitable plastic bag. Seal the bag and then dispose of it in a dog waste bin, litter bin or in the bin provided for your domestic refuse.

If you wish to use 'poop-scoop' bags they can be purchased quite cheaply from most shops selling pet supplies.  Alternatively re-use carrier bags or use similar plastic bags, but we encourage you to use degradable bags where possible.

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