Dog fouling

Dog fouling is both unpleasant and a danger to health, and the Council is committed to tackling it in all public places across the district.

While the majority of owners behave responsibly and pick up after their dogs, there remains a minority of dog owners who do not and it is these people who the Council aims to target through its enforcement and awareness initiatives. 

If you walk your dog, always carry the means to clear up after your pet - a simple plastic bag will do the trick or buy poop scoops from a local pet shop.

Dispose of the bag correctly in either a dog waste or litter bin, or take it home and place it, suitably wrapped, in your own waste bin. Do not dump the bag in a hedge or elsewhere as this is littering which carries the same penalty as dog fouling.

Always clean up after your dog and worm your dog regularly. Vets normally advise worming dogs every three to four months. Children should also be taught basic hygiene with their pets and to not let dogs lick their faces.


Clean up after your dog - it's the law

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is in place across the District. The PSPO states that people in charge of a dog must:

  • Pick up after the dog
  • Carry the means to pick up after the dog
  • Prevent the dog from entering a fenced-off children's play area
  • Put the dog on a lead when requested by an authorised officer
  • Keep the dog on a lead around the cafe area at Daventry Country Park
  • Put their dog on a lead in graveyards, cemeteries and memorial gardens
  • Put their dog on a lead near schools (when the school is open)
  • Walk no more than six dogs at one time (six dogs per adult).

The PSPO also states:

  • No smoking is permitted in defined and fenced off children’s play areas


The Council's enforcement officers routinely patrol open spaces around the district, including hotspots where dog fouling problems have been reported, to try to catch the offenders or act as a deterrent.

Anyone who breaches the PSPO faces a £100 fixed penalty notice or potentially court action, which could result in a fine on conviction of up to £1,000. 

Reporting dog fouling

The assistance of the public is crucial to the Council's efforts to tackle dog fouling.It is helpful to our officers if when reporting dog fouling you are able to include the following information:

  • The time, date and location of incident  
  • The frequency of the offence, if it happens regularly  
  • A description/breed of the dog  
  • Any other descriptions to help identify the offender, including their name and address if known.


You can report it in one of the following ways:  


Paint Means Poo campaign

Paint Means Poo is a community campaign which sees community volunteers spraying dog mess with brightly-coloured biodegradable paint in order to highlight the extent of fouling and shame owners into picking up after their pets.

The most recent campaign took place in September 2017 and saw dog fouling reduced by 51% across the 28 areas that took part. You can see the full set of results from this campaign and previous campaigns below:

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Get involved 

Parish Councils and community groups that are keen to take part in future campaigns are urged to download our toolkit documents below. They will take you through the process for setting up a Paint Means Poo initiative in your area and also include handy things such as a risk assessment for volunteers and a poster for promoting your involvement in the campaign.


Useful links

Report dog fouling 

Dog Warden service 

Download our dog fouling leaflet

Environmental Improvement Team:



0300 126 7000