The Law

Did you know…….

…. You must have a lead with you at all times, otherwise you could fall foul of the law, if you cannot control your dog.

That’s why owning a doddle means
you always have a lead on your dog.

What the law says is…..

…… It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere, such as:

  • in a public place
  • in a private place, e.g. a neighbour’s house or garden
  • in the owner’s home

The law applies to all dogs.

Public Spaces Protection Orders

Some public areas in England and Wales are covered by Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) – previously called Dog Control Orders (DCOs).

In public areas with PSPOs, you may have to:

  • keep your dog on a lead
  • put your dog on a lead if told to by a police officer, police community support officer or someone from the council
  • stop your dog going to certain places – like farmland or parts of a park
  • limit the number of dogs you have with you (this applies to professional dog walkers too)
  • clear up after your dog

PSPOs only apply to public land.


If you ignore a PSPO, you can be fined:
£100 on the spot (a ‘Fixed Penalty Notice’), (up to £1,000 if it goes to court)
You can’t be fined if you’re a registered blind dog owner.

Dog fouling

You can be given an on-the-spot fine if you don’t clean up after your dog. The amount varies from council to council. It’s often £50 and can be as much as £80. (If you refuse to pay the fine, you can be taken to court and fined up to £1,000).


Dog law

London Borough of Enfield – Dogs on Leads Order 2007

Policeman and Bertie

Policeman and Bertie