Before formal consultation on Dog Control Orders starts in May we just want to know what you think about the kind of controls we are considering.

Residents, Friends of Parks, Police and dog walkers have told us they are concerned about the growing number of dogs causing problems in public places. This might involve dog fouling, being out of control or being off lead and causing a nuisance.

For the past two years the council has worked with the RSPCA, Battersea Dogs Home, Wood Green Animal Shelter, Police, Homes for Haringey, Friends of Parks and residents to promote responsible dog ownership.

We know that most dog owners in the borough behave responsibly but what can we do about those who don’t?

One solution which we think will be effective is to introduce a variety of Dog Control Orders in the borough and we want to know what you think.

Following informal consultation the council is developing a number of proposals around Dog Control Orders and we want to explain them to you.

There are different kinds of Dog Control Orders and they can involve placing different restrictions in different places – or having no restrictions at all.

We want to know if you support the proposed restrictions which are detailed below.

  • Are we choosing the right kind of restrictions for certain parks and open spaces?
  • Are we being fair to all those responsible dog owners who need somewhere to exercise their dogs?
  • Will these restrictions improve the experience of going out to the park for most people or are they too restrictive?

These proposals involve designating parks or part of them as areas where dogs can be:

We also propose a borough-wide order making it an offence to fail to clean up after your dog.

Dogs walked freely without a lead

This would involve all large parks (over half a hectare) being areas where dogs may be walked or exercised off lead. This promotes healthy exercise for the animals and takes into consideration the needs of the borough’s dog owners.

Dog exclusion (areas where dogs cannot go at all)

Dog exclusion (areas where dogs cannot go at all)

It is proposed to introduce an Order to ban dogs from all public play grounds, sports courts, games areas and marked pitches in our parks and open spaces, including Homes for Haringey land.

While in many areas this will be considered a popular and sensible move, there may be certain parts of the borough where responsible owners regularly walk their dogs in these areas without any cause for concern. So we need your views on this, please.

Some residents feel that these areas are not places for dogs to be exercised. Many parents avoid these areas because they feel it is not safe for their children to play where there are dogs. Some parents are concerned their children might be exposed to Toxocariasis due to irresponsible owners allowing their dog to foul in these areas.

Residents have also asked specifically for Russell Park to be an exclusion zone following many reports of irresponsible dog ownership threatening the well-being of park users. Let us know what you think.

Walked with lead (where dogs must be on a lead at all times)

It is proposed to introduce an Order requiring dogs to be kept on a lead on all public roads and footways, all public car parks, small areas of public land, parks and open spaces of less than half a hectare and all Homes for Haringey land. The Police asked the council to consider making this Order as they had concerns that dogs off lead can cause traffic accidents and intimidate people.

During informal consultation many park users also told us dogs on a lead were regularly accosted by loose dogs whose owners had no control over them. This can result in dog fights and injury to dogs and sometimes their owners. Many park users also told us they avoided visiting certain parks due to dogs being off the lead.

The proposed Dogs on Lead Order is designed to ensure that our smaller parks and open spaces are free of roaming dogs and the anti-social activities of irresponsible dog owners.

Homes for Haringey has also asked that we make an order requiring dogs to be on a lead whilst on their land so that residents are not affected by roaming dogs and dog mess.

Dogs to be placed on lead when instructed to do so (by an Authorised Officer)

This order is for the whole borough. It includes all public land, including that controlled by Homes for Haringey. It allows an authorised officer or a police officer to instruct that a dog be put on a lead, when necessary.

Dog Fouling

This proposed Order covers the whole borough including all public highways, parks and open spaces and Homes for Haringey land. Dog fouling concerns us all. In recent surveys residents said it was one of their primary concerns. Stepping in dog mess is awful for everyone. The blinding disease, Toxicariasis ,can be contracted through dog fouling and is a concern for parents with small children. This proposed Order is designed to strengthen the penalty against irresponsible dog owners who allow their dog to foul and make no attempt to clean up after their animal.

Dog Control Orders can also restrict the age and number of dogs an individual can walk in a designated area at any time. For example it could be proposed that professional dog walkers need to be at least 18 years old. In line with DEFRA guidelines the council proposes to restrict the number of dogs that can be walked by a single individual in a dog control area to 6 (professional dog walkers should consult the DEFRA guidelines).

For more information you can visit the DEFRA website in our external links section.

More information

  • Attached is a list of dog_control_orders_-_faq (FAQ’s) regarding Dog Control Orders that should help to explain them further.
  • Please see the cabinet report containing draft proposals for Dog Control Orders seeking authorisation to begin consultation.
  • The council is currently working on digitising interactive maps to provide more information and make it easier to visualise where and how the proposed dog control orders will work. When the maps are ready they will be posted on the website.


If you have any comments or views you wish to make the council aware of prior to the formal consultation scheduled in May 2012 you can send an email to

Your comments will help us formulate the final Dog Control proposals that will go out to formal consultation.

Unfortunately we cannot reply to everyone but all comments received will be considered