Responsible dog ownership

Dog fouling

Dog fouling is unpleasant and a health hazard. Most dog owners are responsible and clean up after their dogs, but some don't.

It is our policy to deal with those that do not.

Bag it - Tie it - Bin it

  • anyone who does not immediately clean up fouling by a dog is committing an offence under the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003
  • the law covers all public open spaces
  • you must clean up after your dog on pavements, roads, footpaths, parks, football pitches, communal land, back greens, stairs, closes and any other land that is open to the public
  • dispose of your dog's faeces in your bin at home or in any public litter bin, do not leave it behind
  • people who do not clean up after their dog can receive a fixed penalty of £80
  • police officers and relevant staff can issue Fixed Penalty Notices

Free dog poo bags

  • pick up free dog poo bags from your nearest contact centre or at Robert Young Veterinary Surgery in Earlston
  • limited number of dog poo bags per person per visit while stocks last
  • we are working in partnership with Dogs Trust to promote responsible dog ownership
  • dog poo bags provided by Dogs Trust

Report dog fouling

If you are reporting a dog fouling issue or offender, tell us:

  • location/s and time of fouling
  • owner's name and address, if known
  • description of the dog, including breed and colour
  • your own contact details (anonymous calls accepted)

Report dog fouling online anonymously or phone us on 0300 100 1800.

Pay a dog fouling fixed penalty notice

If the penalty was issued by us or Police Scotland you can pay online using your debit or credit card. You will need the 4 digit number following the letters FPN which is located near the top of your fixed penalty notice. Pay penalty issued by us or Police Scotland

Promoting responsible dog ownership

We are keen to promote responsible dog ownership and have a range of initiatives in place, including:

  • educating dog owners as to their responsibilities
  • taking enforcement action against offenders
  • providing litter bins throughout the Borders for the disposal of dog fouling and general litter
  • erecting "No Fouling" signs and posters
  • giving talks to primary school children/community groups

If you wish to display our new poster, you can download it from our Flickr page.

If you would like to request a talk or a poster please contact safer communities online.

Report dog fouling online Visit our Flickr for promotional posters