Dog control measures - further information: Restriction on number of dogs walked at a time

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Where we license businesses to provide care for dogs we impose a restriction on the dog to staff ratio based on the layout of the premises and our confidence in the management of the business. Dog walkers do not require a licence to operate.

The council receives a number of complaints about large numbers of dogs being walked or exercised using public spaces. We believe that it is difficult for any single person to be able to keep control of numerous dogs at the same time. This lack of control could result in nuisance or disturbance to other users of shared public space and increase the likelihood of dog foul going unnoticed

The proposal is to continue with the borough wide restriction on the number of dogs that can be walked by one person at any one time, whether on behalf of a business or themselves. Guidance from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published in October 2014 suggests that the maximum number of dogs which a person could control should not exceed six.

Where we license businesses to provide care for dogs we impose a restriction on the dog to staff ratio based on the layout of the premises and our confidence in the management of the business. Dog walkers do not require a licence to operate.

The council receives a number of complaints about large numbers of dogs being walked or exercised using public spaces. We believe that it is difficult for any single person to be able to keep control of numerous dogs at the same time. This lack of control could result in nuisance or disturbance to other users of shared public space and increase the likelihood of dog foul going unnoticed

The proposal is to continue with the borough wide restriction on the number of dogs that can be walked by one person at any one time, whether on behalf of a business or themselves. Guidance from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published in October 2014 suggests that the maximum number of dogs which a person could control should not exceed six.