Your toolkit to help our dogs enjoy public spaces

Below, you'll find your toolkit for Public Space Protection Orders in England and Wales, and a Dog Control Order version for Northern Ireland.

We have included a template response letter for you to send to your local authority in response to a PSPO/DCO consultation. It encourages them to adopt a dog-friendly approach when implementing an order.

The kit also includes awareness raising posters and flyers for you to hand out to dog-friendly businesses and vet surgeries. We also have an image that you can use on your social media accounts to help spread the word online.

If you live in Scotland, there’s no equivalent to the PSPOs or DCOs found in the rest of the UK. Instead, dog walkers are expected to follow the requirements of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

About Public Space Protection Orders in England and Wales

In England and Wales, local authorities use PSPOs. These are legal tools designed to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a specific area which is considered as detrimental to the local community’s quality of life.

Local councils, including Borough, District, County or unitary authorities, are responsible for making and enforcing these orders. By law, PSPOs must be renewed every three years. As part of the renewal process, local authorities must hold a consultation on the proposed renewal and on any changes or additions.

You can get started by visiting your local authority’s website and searching for more information on PSPOs in your area.

By getting your voice heard, you can make a big difference for dogs and dog owners.

Toolkit for Public Space Protection Orders

Download our handy toolkit today and help our dogs enjoy public spaces in England and Wales. It's a zip file which includes:

  • a template response to guide you as you contact your council
  • a downloadable poster and flyer for you to display in your community
  • a graphic to use on your social media channels and spread the word.

PSPO kit (England and Wales) ZIP 5.88 MB
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About Dog Control Orders in Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, the law allows local authorities to introduce Dog Control Orders focused on five types of offence, including not keeping a dog on a lead and failing to remove dog waste. There’s more information on DCOs on the UK government website.

Toolkit for Dog Control Orders

Download our handy toolkit today and help our dogs enjoy public spaces in Northern Ireland. It’s a zip file which includes:

  • a template response to guide you as you contact your council
  • a downloadable poster and flyer for you to display in your community
  • a graphic to use on your social media channels and spread the word.

DCO kit (Northern Ireland) ZIP 5.88 MB
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