Companion Animals - Dogs

Covers: Stray Dogs / Dog Control Orders (Including Fouling) / Dangerous Dogs


Practitioners will demonstrate expertise and awareness of the work of dog wardens, the safe handling of dogs, and the different responsibilities that fall to local authorities and police. They will have an understanding of the breeds that may fall within the category of dangerous dogs. They should be able to efficiently undertake regulatory duties to ensure legislative compliance and apply their skills and knowledge in the use of preventative measures and the control of strays.

Core Learning Resources

guide iconCode of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), 2009

  Dog Control Orders

DEFRA, 2013

Guidance on Sections 55 to 67 of the Clean Nweighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005

guidance iconGuidance on Stray Dogs

DEFRA, archive 2007

  Local Environmental Enforcement:

Guidance on the use of fixed penalty notices

DEFRA, 2011

  Dangerous Dogs Law: Guidance for Enforcers

DEFRA, 2011 

e-learning iconDangerous Dogs

British Veterinary Association (BVA)

resource iconNational Dog Warden Association

Advice and member forum for Animal Control Officers and Dog Wardens

e-learning iconWorking with Local Government

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

Includes a local government information service and schemes to promote excellence

e-learning iconDog Welfare


e-learning iconSentencing Manual: Dangerous Dogs

Crown Prosecution Service

guide iconDog Control Orders - Wales

Welsh Government, 2007

Guidance on Sections 55 to 67 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005

guide iconFixed Penalty Notices - Wales

Welsh Government, 2007

Guidance on the Fixed Penalty Notice Provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environmental Act 2006 and other legislation

Training Courses

training iconTraining Courses

National Training Inspectorate for Professional Dog Users (NTIPDU)

Further Reading

e-learning iconDangerous Dogs: Get the Facts

Metropolitan Police

report iconCode of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs - Wales

Welsh Government, 2008

Aimed at dog owners

Other Information

Many charities are active in this area:

 The Kennel Club

Includes information guides, veterinary practice guide and dog training

e-learning iconDog A-Z

Dogs Trust (formerly the National Canine Defence League)

Comprehensive information

e-learning iconPuppies and Dogs

The Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA)