After a successful pilot over the past few months, we are launching our Green Dog Walkers Scheme.

Dogs are a valued part of the community in Ryedale, with many dogs living in the area. We want to make sure the good practices of many dog owners are shared and celebrated.

The Green Dog Walkers scheme began in Falkirk and has now been adopted by over 40 councils across the UK.

It is a non-confrontational and friendly way to change attitudes about dog fouling.

Green Dog Walkers are role models for responsible dog ownership and sign up to the pledge to always:

  • Clean up after their dog
  • Carry extra dog waste bags
  • Be happy to be approached to ‘lend’ a dog poo bag to those without
  • Be a friendly reminder to other dog walkers to clean up after their dogs

Dog owners who take the pledge will play a part in helping to keep their communities free from dog fouling. They will receive a free dog collar and tag.

Officers from our Community team launched a pilot of the scheme at the Castle Howard Festival of Dogs in May and have since promoted it at several events. 

We also held a sign up event in the grounds at Ryedale House during Bring Your Dog to Work Day on 24 June for staff and councillors to take the pledge. 

Over 95 people have now signed up and after a successful pilot we're officially launching the project across the district.

Residents and visitors can sign the Green Dog Walkers pledge online via the link below to the Council’s public consultation and engagement platform Commonplace.

We would appreciate it if you could share this scheme with anyone you think would benefit from it.

Find out more about the pledge