Our views on key issues

Find out where we stand on some of the most pressing dog welfare issues and how you can help support us.

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Whether we’re giving dogs a voice by lobbying the Government to change laws or teaming up with like-minded organisations to influence and educate on welfare issues – we won’t stop fighting for a better future for dogs.  

We work across Westminster, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the European Union to ensure the welfare of dogs is always taken into consideration by policy makers. 

Our policy work to improve dog welfare

We chair the Pet Advertising Advisory Group (otherwise known as PAAG). This group was created in 2001 to combat growing concerns regarding the irresponsible advertising of pets for sale, rehoming, and exchange. It com...

Dog breeding and sale

We believe an improved and robust registration and licensing system is required to tackle unscrupulous breeders and sellers. 

We believe that anyone breeding, selling or transferring the ownership of a ...

Breed-specific legislation 

There is a vital need to overhaul the existing Dangerous Dogs legislation. One of the biggest failures of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, which applies to England, Wales and Scotland, is the emphasis on breed-specific le...

Call for urgent end to breed specific legislation

UK’s leading animal groups join forces to call on Government to protect public safety and protect dog welfare.

Greyhound racing

The Welfare of Racing Greyhound Regulations 2010 were introduced in England after huge pressure from charities, MPs, media and the public to ensure that the welfare of the dogs was better protected.


Restrictions on dogs in public spaces

We believe that all dogs should have fair access to public spaces. Find out more.

Supporting owners to find Lets with Pets

For more than a decade, we’ve been working to make renting fairer for dog owners.

Our research

Our groundbreaking research informs the future of our work.


Easy access to fireworks and poor enforcement of existing legislation is having a detrimental impact on dog welfare. Dogs Trust wants to see restrictions around the sale of fireworks, limiting them to licensed, public...

You can help shape the future too

Get involved with our current campaigns and appeals and take action to secure a better future for dogs today.