Responsible dog ownership

Control of Dogs

Under the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 there is a requirement to keep dogs under control. 

A dog is out of control if it is not being kept under control effectively and consistently (by whatever means) and the dog’s behaviour gives rise to alarm or apprehensiveness on the part of any individual which in all the circumstances is reasonable. 

This does not mean dogs must be kept on leads in public places. However, if you have no voice control over your dog then please walk your dog on lead.

All complaints regarding out of control dogs are investigated by our Dog Control Officer. 

Contact us online or via telephone on 0300 100 1800 to make a complaint about an out of control dog. 

Please note the Dog Control Officer can only take effective action where the individual making the complaint can identify the owner (name and address) and the dog.

If a dog has bitten and punctured the skin or caused a significant injury then please report the matter to Police Scotland for investigation under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

Dog Control Notice

If a dog has been out of control and its behaviour has caused alarm or apprehensiveness which in all the circumstances was reasonable, the Dog Control Officer may serve a Dog Control Notice on the dog owner or person in charge of the dog.

The Dog Control Notice may include any or all of the following conditions:

  • Muzzling
  • Keeping the dog on lead
  • Neutering
  • Attending dog training classes
  • Specified walking routes / walking times

Failure to comply with a Dog Control Notice is an offence.

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