Good Dog Campaign

Be a responsible dog owner

Good Dog Campaign

The problem of dog fouling is a concern throughout North Lanarkshire. It is not only a nuisance but also a potential danger and health threat.

Help us to help you, your children and the environment.

As a responsible dog owner, what can you do to help prevent this problem:

  • If you have a garden, teach your dog to "go" there before you leave your home.
  • Always carry the means to clear up after your dog- keep a supply of bags near your dog's lead so you don't forget to taken them with you on every walk.
  • Every time your dog fouls, "bag it and bin it"- carefully turn the bag inside out, insert your hand in the bag  and 'bag' the mess,  then dispose of the bag in any public litter bin or your own household waste bin
  • Never let your dog out alone.

Remember, dog fouling is an offence and you could be prosecuted and fined if you fail to follow these simple rules.

The Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act makes it an offence not to clear up after your dog.  Offenders face a fixed penalty for dog fouling from £80 (rising to £100 if unpaid within 28 days). Offenders can also be reported to the Procurator Fiscal and may be fined up to £500 if convicted.

Responsible dog ownership

  • Train your dog in elementary obedience.
  • Never let your dog out alone.
  • Keep your dog on a lead anywhere near a road or where there are other animals.
  • Train your dog not to foul in public places. If it does - "Bag It and Bin It".
  • Remember your dog's bark can be a nuisance.
  • Identify your dog preferably by having it chipped. North Lanarkshire Council's Animal Welfare officers will fit your dog with the micro chip for £20. Contact us for details and at least ensure your dog wears a collar. Please see below for payment details.
  • Register your pet with a vet of your choice.
  • Have your dog regularly wormed.
  • Feed your dog at regular times and with a nutritionally balanced diet.

Dog fouling bags are available free of charge at Environmental Health offices, First Stop Shops and libraries throughout North Lanarkshire. There is an £20 charge for the dog chipping service that we provide (prior to August 2009 this service was provided free of charge as detailed on the Good Dog Campaign leaflet available to download. The service had been free at the time of production of this leaflet).

How to pay for dog chipping requests

Payment can be made by telephone, post or in person. If you submit your request for dog chipping we will contact you to confirm payment arrangements. Please provide a daytime contact telephone number to allow contact to be made.

Payment by telephone

Payment by credit or debit card may be made through Northline. Please note that for online service requests we will phone you to collect payment details. Alternatively a service request and payment can be made simultaneously by contacting Northline. Please see the 'contact us' box for more information.

Payment by post

You may pay by cheque, crossed and made payable to North Lanarkshire Council. All payments should be accompanied by details of your name and address and sent to North Lanarkshire Council. Please see the 'contact us' box for more information.

Payment in person

You may also pay in person (by cash or cheque) at Regulatory Services, Environmental Health. Please see the 'contact us' box for more information.                      

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