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

The law

  • 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 control

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:

Environmental Health
01324 504982

Stray dogs

To report a lost dog or if you find a dog, please call

01324 504981

For out of hours, please call

Police Scotland
101

Our responsibilities

Our Community Safety Team operates a zero tolerance approach to dog fouling and can 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 Team:

If you suspect a dog is being abused or neglected, you should contact the SSPCA:

03000 999 999

Dog bags

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.