Owning and caring for a dog is great fun and immensely rewarding. However, it is
also a big responsibility. Dogs have complex needs. You can find further advice
from your local vet on, care, environment, behaviour and diet
- A collar and tag must be worn when in a public area and must contain name and address
and if possible a telephone number
- Your dog must be microchipped and the owner details must be kept up to date
- You must pick up your dog's fouling immediately and dispose of it responsibly. It
is also an offence to leave bagged fouling
- Your dog must be kept under control effectively and consistently
- If your dog causes alarm or apprehension to an individual it may be deemed out of
Reporting dog fouling
We know that the majority of dog owners already pick up after their dogs; we want
to deter the minority that do not. You can help by reporting any offences.
To report a private garden affected by dog fouling, please contact:
To report a lost dog or if you find a dog, please call
For out of hours, please call
Our Community Safety Team operates a zero tolerance approach to dog fouling and
issue a Fixed Penalty Notice if fouling is not picked up immediately. The Fixed
Penalty Notice is £80, rising to £100 if not paid within 28 days.
If a dog is deemed to be out of control, the Community Safety Team may issue a Dog
Control Notice outlining measures the owner must take.
If you are a responsible dog owner and wish others were as responsible as you, please
check out our Green Dog Walkers scheme.
To find out more about the Control of Dogs, please contact the Community Safety
If you suspect a dog is being abused or neglected, you should contact the SSPCA:
We provide dog bags to assist dog owners to meet their legal responsibilities to
clear up after their dog under the terms of the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003.
Bags are available from a number of locations across
the Falkirk Council area.