Dog fouling

Dog fouling is both unpleasant and a danger to health, and Daventry District 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. 


Clean up after your dog - it's the law

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is in place across Daventry District. Under the PSPO it is an offence to:

  • Fail to pick up after your dog on all land to which the public has access, including agricultural land. 

  • Fail to put a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer. This allows Council officers to direct that a dog is put on a lead when it is causing nuisance and/or danger to other persons and their dogs.

  • Fail to prevent your dog from entering a designated children's play area

  • Fail to keep dogs on leads in the designated 'dogs on leads area' around the Visitor Centre/Café in Daventry Country Park.

  • Fail to provide the means to pick up after a dog at the request of an authorised officer.

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. These offences have been enforceable since 1st April 2016.

A new PSPO which contains enhanced powers has been formally approved by Daventry District Council and comes into force on 1 December 2018.  The new PSPO - which was agreed following extensive public consultation - contains all of the regulations set out under the existing PSPO, with the addition of the following:


  • Dogs must be on leads in graveyards, cemeteries and memorial gardens
  • Dogs must be on leads near schools (when the school is open). Clear signage showing these boundaries will be put in place.
  • A maximum of 6 dogs can be walked by one person at one time
  • No smoking is permitted in defined and fenced off children’s play areas.

Full enforcement of these additional regulations will begin on 1 April 2019, following an initial period of education during which officers will provide advice and guidance to anyone caught in breach of the rules.  

Any breach of the Order could result in the issuing of a £100 fixed penalty notice or being taken to court and receiving a fine on conviction of up to £1000.  

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.

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.


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