Dogs and dog walking are an important feature of park life in Richmond Borough. Here is a useful set of resources in relation to dogs.
Running a dog show as a stand alone, or as part of a wider event in your park can have many benefits. Typically the objectives are not only to identify the best dog, but would include things like encouraging:
- dog walkers to feel more closely connected to the park Friends Group
- responsible dog ownership
- respect for the park environment and all park users
- responsible dog owners to feel welcomed in the park
- dog owners to join the Friends Group
The following documents are a good guide to run a Dog Show. They have been kindly provided by Sue Burden, Chair of the Friends of North Sheen Recreation Ground:
- Advice on running a Dog Show
- Entry form Dog Show sample
- Dog Show poster sample
- Dog Show risk assessment
Richmond Council – Information about Dogs
LBRuT has dedicated webpages with information and advice about dogs:
– Dog Control Orders apply to all land in the London Borough of Richmond which is open to the public. The Dog Specified Maximum Order 2012 restricts the maximum number of dogs a person may take onto land to 6 (in the foreseeable future this is likely to be reduced to 4 in line with neighbouring boroughs and Royal Parks). This applies to the public highway and all parks and open spaces sites where dogs are permitted.
– Parks and Open Sites covered by dog control orders showing where you can walk dogs. Dogs are restricted in recreational sites, areas where wildlife is a priority and land used as formal sports fields.
– Dog Fouling gives the regulations and how to report instances of dog fouling
– The Association of Professional Dog Walkers, founded in 2012, provides a voice for responsible professional dog walkers.
Resources for your park in relation to dogs:
– Richmond Council’s Responsible dog ownership poster
– Richmond Council’s Dog Fouling poster used in many parks across the Borough
– Keep Britain Tidy ‘There’s no such thing as a dog poo fairy’ posters and stickers
– Keep Britain Tidy ‘We’re watching you’ signage campaign was a Charity Awards Winner in 2016. The ‘We’re Watching You’ poster series are visible after dark, using innovative and cutting-edge materials. The signs ‘charge up’ during the day and glow-in-the-dark at night.
Other relevant organisations:
Help and advice from the Dog’s Trust.
Information about microchipping for dogs as well as free microchipping locations through Chip My Dog.