Controlling Dogs in Public Spaces
Many residents in Brackley are keen dog owners so our parks and other public open spaces maintained by the Town Council are regularly visited and enjoyed.
We know that the vast majority of dog owners in the town are responsible. However we hope that the tips we have published below help to make sure that everyone can enjoy our parks and public open spaces safely.
It may be appropriate for dogs to be off the lead in areas with wider space , but they should always be kept under control and able to respond quickly when recalled. This is crucial, as the parks and open spaces are community spaces which are also used by young children, walkers and cyclists.
With summer on the way, it's important that dog owners understand their responsibilities and exercise appropriate caution when accessing public open spaces.
KEEP YOUR DOG IN SIGHT AND RESPECT OTHER PARK USERS
Keep your dog in sight and under control and put your dog on a lead if necessary. Also, please be aware that some people are intimidated by or frightened of dogs. Please ask before you let your dog approach other park users, train them not to jump up and to have a good recall. This in turn, will also help to keep your dog safe near roads and other potential dangers too.
PREVENT YOUR DOG FROM CHASING WATERFOWL AND OTHER WILDLIFE
We are lucky to share our parks and open spaces with several species of waterfowl and other wildlife. Always keep your dog at heel or on a lead near wildlife.
KEEP DOGS OUT OF PONDS AND LAKES
It is not appropriate to exercise dogs in ponds or lakes as this activity may cause distress to young birds and other wildlife, and this may also cause damage to the banks and fish stock. Where possible, please keep your dogs on leads when close to ponds and lakes.
CLEAR UP AFTER YOUR DOG – 'BAG IT AND BIN IT'
Clearing up after your dog helps to prevent the spread of diseases that can affect not only dogs, but people too. It also keeps our public open spaces clean for other visitors. Please remember to 'bag it and bin it'. The Town Council has several dog waste bins available at different sites, although the public can also use normal litter bins to put their dog waste in (dog waste goes into the normal waste cycle, plus it can also be discarded in your domestic waste bin should you take the dog waste home with you).
LIMIT THE NUMBER OF DOGS YOU WALK AT ANY ONE TIME
Please restrict the number of dogs walked at any one time. Whilst there are no legal restrictions on the number of dogs that one person can be responsible for out on a walk whilst visiting the Town Council's open spaces, we do ask that every dog in your care is kept under control, so they don't have a negative effect on the environment, people or other dogs.
CONSIDER DOG TRAINING IF NECESSARY
Training a dog can be very rewarding and can go some way in helping to prevent dogs being out of control, attacking other dogs and causing other problems whilst dog-walking. You can obtain advice about dog training from your vet and animal welfare organisations.
Posted: Mon, 09 May 2022 15:04 by Georgia Connor