Four dogs maximum among new Merton Council rules for walkers

Wimbledon Guardian: Dog owners and walkers will be forced to keep their animals on leads in public spaces if proposals by Merton Council go ahead Dog owners and walkers will be forced to keep their animals on leads in public spaces if proposals by Merton Council go ahead

Antisocial dog behaviour – including attacks on people and animals – could result in tough new measures for pet owners.

Dog owners and walkers will be forced to keep their animals on leads in public spaces if proposals by Merton Council go ahead.

The move follows mounting concerns from police, community groups and residents about the rising number of dog related problems in public spaces.

Merton Council began its public consultation on introducing new Dog Control Orders (DCOs) on Monday, September 17, and finishes on November 2.

The DCOs would mean dogs must be kept on leads in public car parks; small areas of public land; open spaces of less than half a hectare and council owned or maintained recreation grounds, cemeteries, church yards, allotments and sports grounds.

Dogs would have to be put on a lead when told to by an authorised officer in all the borough’s public open spaces larger than half a hectare – which excludes Wimbledon Common which has its own bylaws.

And, because of concerns over dog walkers’ ability to control and clean up after their animals, the plans mean only a maximum of four dogs will be allowed be walked at a time in public spaces larger than half a hectare – again excluding Wimbledon Common.

Councillor Andrew Judge said: “While we realise most dog walkers are responsible, we do need to consider taking tougher action against those who are not.”

Merton already has two DCOs, including one that makes it an offence for a dog walker not to clean up dog mess and a second for designated dog-free areas, such as children’s play areas.

To take part in the consultation visit merton.gov.uk/dog controlorders.

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10:05pm Fri 21 Sep 12

tjames says...

LBM--ttfo--its not your business--you are OUR servants--stop trying to poke your nose in
LBM--ttfo--its not your business--you are OUR servants--stop trying to poke your nose in tjames

11:43am Sat 22 Sep 12

moto2012 says...

its about time merton done somthing how can you let your dog run loose in the town center are in a park wen theres kids
its about time merton done somthing how can you let your dog run loose in the town center are in a park wen theres kids moto2012

2:17pm Sat 22 Sep 12

tjames says...

educashun etc
educashun etc tjames

8:48pm Sun 23 Sep 12

shelokay says...

oh the horror to think parents should teach their kids how to behave towards a dog and how to be responsible themselves :o
oh the horror to think parents should teach their kids how to behave towards a dog and how to be responsible themselves :o shelokay

1:35pm Mon 24 Sep 12

MertonRes says...

I agree that dogs should be on leads while in car parks or by roads - BUT NOT IN PARKS. It is vital for the well being of dogs to have the daily opportunity to run and burn off natural energy. Not allowing them to do so will created more unbalanced behaviour in them.

Also the number of dogs walked off lead isn't always the issue. One bad owner can have one dog with hyper energy (causing possible friction when meeting another dog with the same imbalance) But a calm owner can have many dogs who are balanced, calm and under control. I think, of course there has to be some limits, but 4 per person is too low. I would suggest six PER PERSON?

I live next to a 'tough' estate with many staffies and mixed bull breeds - there is rarely any problems. Dogs have 'spats' just as humans do - but it's a part of life as a good dog owner and 'spats' rarely, if ever trun into something worse. Of course there can be a tiny minority of idiots who train their dogs agressively, but I've encountered that kind of person once in 20 years of dog ownership.

I've been walking my dog (& past ones) in all the parks of Merton, twice a day for 17 years: Merton's dog owners are a wonderful community of people who love the parks and their pets. I have a one year old Lurcher who is at the stage of going up to strangers to say hello - of course I discourage her and she will grow out of this but 9/10 people are happy to coo and stroke her and let their children learn about how to approach and be with dogs through our interaction: it's part of park life. Most owners are curteous of those who are fearful, in the same way that most parents are curteous of their kids behaviour. Please - please don't let a minority of dog-fearful people who use the parks irregularly, to ruin an important part of many residents lives. You only have to attend a 'Merton Dog Watch' event to see all shapes, sizes, colours and classes of people and dogs, enjoying each other's close space safely and calmly to realise that a knee jerk reaction such as these control orders are bias and unnecessary.
I agree that dogs should be on leads while in car parks or by roads - BUT NOT IN PARKS. It is vital for the well being of dogs to have the daily opportunity to run and burn off natural energy. Not allowing them to do so will created more unbalanced behaviour in them. Also the number of dogs walked off lead isn't always the issue. One bad owner can have one dog with hyper energy (causing possible friction when meeting another dog with the same imbalance) But a calm owner can have many dogs who are balanced, calm and under control. I think, of course there has to be some limits, but 4 per person is too low. I would suggest six PER PERSON? I live next to a 'tough' estate with many staffies and mixed bull breeds - there is rarely any problems. Dogs have 'spats' just as humans do - but it's a part of life as a good dog owner and 'spats' rarely, if ever trun into something worse. Of course there can be a tiny minority of idiots who train their dogs agressively, but I've encountered that kind of person once in 20 years of dog ownership. I've been walking my dog (& past ones) in all the parks of Merton, twice a day for 17 years: Merton's dog owners are a wonderful community of people who love the parks and their pets. I have a one year old Lurcher who is at the stage of going up to strangers to say hello - of course I discourage her and she will grow out of this but 9/10 people are happy to coo and stroke her and let their children learn about how to approach and be with dogs through our interaction: it's part of park life. Most owners are curteous of those who are fearful, in the same way that most parents are curteous of their kids behaviour. Please - please don't let a minority of dog-fearful people who use the parks irregularly, to ruin an important part of many residents lives. You only have to attend a 'Merton Dog Watch' event to see all shapes, sizes, colours and classes of people and dogs, enjoying each other's close space safely and calmly to realise that a knee jerk reaction such as these control orders are bias and unnecessary. MertonRes

2:56pm Mon 24 Sep 12

bodon prifiz says...

MertonRes wrote:
I agree that dogs should be on leads while in car parks or by roads - BUT NOT IN PARKS. It is vital for the well being of dogs to have the daily opportunity to run and burn off natural energy. Not allowing them to do so will created more unbalanced behaviour in them.

Also the number of dogs walked off lead isn't always the issue. One bad owner can have one dog with hyper energy (causing possible friction when meeting another dog with the same imbalance) But a calm owner can have many dogs who are balanced, calm and under control. I think, of course there has to be some limits, but 4 per person is too low. I would suggest six PER PERSON?

I live next to a 'tough' estate with many staffies and mixed bull breeds - there is rarely any problems. Dogs have 'spats' just as humans do - but it's a part of life as a good dog owner and 'spats' rarely, if ever trun into something worse. Of course there can be a tiny minority of idiots who train their dogs agressively, but I've encountered that kind of person once in 20 years of dog ownership.

I've been walking my dog (& past ones) in all the parks of Merton, twice a day for 17 years: Merton's dog owners are a wonderful community of people who love the parks and their pets. I have a one year old Lurcher who is at the stage of going up to strangers to say hello - of course I discourage her and she will grow out of this but 9/10 people are happy to coo and stroke her and let their children learn about how to approach and be with dogs through our interaction: it's part of park life. Most owners are curteous of those who are fearful, in the same way that most parents are curteous of their kids behaviour. Please - please don't let a minority of dog-fearful people who use the parks irregularly, to ruin an important part of many residents lives. You only have to attend a 'Merton Dog Watch' event to see all shapes, sizes, colours and classes of people and dogs, enjoying each other's close space safely and calmly to realise that a knee jerk reaction such as these control orders are bias and unnecessary.
& lets also highlight the most important in a responsible owners training of their dog/dogs??? RE-CALL! my pet pieve is some other dog owner saying ''its alright my dogs friendly'' well whilst my dog is in the middle of her training i will ask you to call your dog back & what do they do? laugh & ignore. THAT! is not good training. It is already law to have your dog leashed & tagged on any public path/highway. simple answer? be responsible & dont train through decipline (what one idiot said, he meant physical punshiment) & always 'reward based training'
[quote][p][bold]MertonRes[/bold] wrote: I agree that dogs should be on leads while in car parks or by roads - BUT NOT IN PARKS. It is vital for the well being of dogs to have the daily opportunity to run and burn off natural energy. Not allowing them to do so will created more unbalanced behaviour in them. Also the number of dogs walked off lead isn't always the issue. One bad owner can have one dog with hyper energy (causing possible friction when meeting another dog with the same imbalance) But a calm owner can have many dogs who are balanced, calm and under control. I think, of course there has to be some limits, but 4 per person is too low. I would suggest six PER PERSON? I live next to a 'tough' estate with many staffies and mixed bull breeds - there is rarely any problems. Dogs have 'spats' just as humans do - but it's a part of life as a good dog owner and 'spats' rarely, if ever trun into something worse. Of course there can be a tiny minority of idiots who train their dogs agressively, but I've encountered that kind of person once in 20 years of dog ownership. I've been walking my dog (& past ones) in all the parks of Merton, twice a day for 17 years: Merton's dog owners are a wonderful community of people who love the parks and their pets. I have a one year old Lurcher who is at the stage of going up to strangers to say hello - of course I discourage her and she will grow out of this but 9/10 people are happy to coo and stroke her and let their children learn about how to approach and be with dogs through our interaction: it's part of park life. Most owners are curteous of those who are fearful, in the same way that most parents are curteous of their kids behaviour. Please - please don't let a minority of dog-fearful people who use the parks irregularly, to ruin an important part of many residents lives. You only have to attend a 'Merton Dog Watch' event to see all shapes, sizes, colours and classes of people and dogs, enjoying each other's close space safely and calmly to realise that a knee jerk reaction such as these control orders are bias and unnecessary.[/p][/quote]& lets also highlight the most important in a responsible owners training of their dog/dogs??? RE-CALL! my pet pieve is some other dog owner saying ''its alright my dogs friendly'' well whilst my dog is in the middle of her training i will ask you to call your dog back & what do they do? laugh & ignore. THAT! is not good training. It is already law to have your dog leashed & tagged on any public path/highway. simple answer? be responsible & dont train through decipline (what one idiot said, he meant physical punshiment) & always 'reward based training' bodon prifiz

7:52am Thu 27 Sep 12

lordofzombies says...

people this is good news. now there is less **** on my shoes.
people this is good news. now there is less **** on my shoes. lordofzombies

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