Northumberland County Council is running Green Dog Walkers scheme events at locations across the county this summer.
Green Dog Walkers is a scheme which encourages responsible dog ownership. It is a community-led programme aimed at reducing dog fouling and promoting responsible dog ownership across Northumberland.
Over the summer months the council is running a series of events to promote the scheme, and to provide other information, advice and support to dog owners.
People will be able to sign up to the scheme and there will be a free ‘check a chip’ stand, where you can make sure that your dog is micro-chipped. Each event will include a group dog walk.
The next three events are:
Thursday, May 31 – Cramlington Eastfield Playing Fields – 11am to 3pm, Dog walk at 12pm;
Saturday June 2 – SHAK HQ near Greenwell Road, Alnwick – 11am to 3pm, Dog walk at 12pm; and
Saturday June 23 – Haltwhistle Railway Station – 11am-2pm, Dog Walk at 12pm.
Dates and times for future events are as follows, with venues to be confirmed:
Saturday July 7 – Blyth – 11am-3pm, Dog Walk at 12pm.
Saturday July 28 – Prudhoe – 11am-3pm, Dog Walk at 12pm.
Saturday August 11 – Cambois – 11am-3pm, Dog Walk at 12pm.
Saturday August 18 – Berwick – 11am-2pm, Dog Walk at 12pm.
Saturday September 1 – Hexham – 11am-3pm, Dog Walk at 12pm.
Dog owners are encouraged to join by signing the Green Dog Walkers pledge. Those signing the pledge agree to always clean up after their dog and put the bag in a bin and to use a friendly approach to encourage other dog walkers to do the same.
Those who sign up are sent a green dog walkers armband to wear when walking their dog to help draw attention to the scheme as well as green doggy bags and pledge leaflets.
The council also provides a Green Dog Walkers support kit to local community groups and individuals who want to get involved.
Councillor, Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for the environment and local services at Northumberland County Council said: “Dog fouling is one of our top environmental priorities and one of the issues most commonly raised with us by residents.
“Green Dog Walkers is intended to be a friendly and non-confrontational approach to changing attitudes to the problem of dog fouling.
“It complements other council approaches across the county including issuing fines when irresponsible dog owners are caught allowing their dogs to foul without picking up after them and educational initiatives promoting responsible dog ownership.
“We are extremely grateful to all of our Green Dog Walkers for their commitment. We have recently signed up our 1,000th member and I hope we get lots more members during 2018 and beyond.”