You, your dog and the law

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Alarming people or other animals

Dogs which jump up on or race towards you are sometimes simply being over-friendly or exuberant. However, this can alarm people – children in particular. If you fail to control your dog, or if it menaces people or other dogs for example, you could receive a Dog Control Notice (DCN), which may require you to keep your dog on a lead or have it muzzled in public places. Failure to comply with a DCN is an offence.

Attacking or biting people

If your dog tries to bite or attack people, you could be prosecuted under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. This is a police matter and you could face being reported to the Procurator Fiscal.


A barking dog is not only alarming for children, some people and other animals, it can also annoy passers-by or neighbours. If your barking dog is causing a nuisance for your neighbours, they can raise an action under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 against you. And if the barking is considered a noise nuisance, we can serve a notice on you – and you could receive a Fixed Penalty Notice fine of £100 if you don’t comply.


When your dog fouls, you must pick it up immediately, bag it securely and dispose of it in a suitable bin. It doesn’t have to be a red dog bin – a green domestic waste bin or black public bin will do. If you don’t, you could receive a Fixed Penalty Notice fine of £80 (rising to £100 if unpaid after 28 days) for dog fouling. And if you drop the bag in a street or public place, you could receive another Fixed Penalty Notice fine of £80 for littering.

Micro Chipping

From the 6th April 2016, a new law intended to cut the number of strays in Scotland and boost responsible ownership is being introduced This means every dog will require to be micro-chipped with the chip registered along with the details of the keepers name and address.

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