Sefton Council Launch New Interactive Good Dog Code Campaign

Tails will be wagging with the launch of a brand new smartphone campaign from Sefton Council Good Dogs Code.

The Sefton Good Dog Code has launched a series of QR codes which will be displayed across parks, beaches and main roads in Sefton to encourage good and responsible dog ownership in the borough.

The interactive smartphone adverts are simple to use. After taking a photo of the code on a phone camera, users are directed to the Sefton Good Dog Code website which details how dog owners can encourage others to be responsible for their pets.

Local residents and dog lovers have worked alongside Sefton in the creation of the Code, which tells residents to clean up after their pets, respect those who don’t like dogs, follow the rules and ensure their dog is socialized before it mingles with other dogs.

Steve Smith, Sefton Council’s Environmental Health & Trading Standards Manager said: “The code was jointly put together by ourselves and residents to promote responsible dog ownership.

“Along with the poster and flyers, we’ll now be placing QR codes around our parks, coastal areas and cemeteries which links to the online version of the Good Dog Code.

“There are plenty of ways you can be a responsible dog owner, from making sure you clean up after your pets to respecting none-dog lovers.

“Unfortunately some dog owners are not responsible and have no regard for their community. For these few, legislation is tough on them.

“Enforcement action such as fixed penalties and possible court action can be taken against these dog owners.”

Lyn Hilton the founder of local volunteer group ‘Sefton Dogs’ added: “What began as a campaign to ensure that our dogs could enjoy off lead experience at the beach and on our local nature reserves changed into a volunteer movement which aims for a friendly, informed and responsible approach to dog ownership in Sefton.”

Since July 2017, Sefton has had a Public Space Protection Order across the borough with informs dog owners about certain rules which must be followed.

For more information about these rules and to learn more about the Good Dog Code, visit http://www.sefton.gov.uk/thegooddogcode.

Dogs Trust Merseyside Foster Scheme – Could You Help?

Dogs Trust Merseyside are looking for safe, loving foster homes who can help care for some of their dogs.

Not all dogs thrive that well in a kennel environment, and the Huyton-based charity would love to see them in foster homes while they await their forever homes.

The Dogs Trust will provide food, toys and bedding, and all veterinary care and expenses will be covered along with training advice and support.

If you would like more information, please contact the Dogs Trust on 0151 480 0660 or email alexandria.bickerstaff@dogstrust.org.uk.

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Good News Story: Big Dogs, Small Dogs… LOTS of Dogs at Southport Community Centre

HUGE thanks to everyone who helped at our Dogs Trust microchipping event at Southport Community Centre on Tuesday 2nd February – it was a very cold & windy February day!

We had support on the day from our local PCSO Eve, the local dog warden Chris, park ranger James, Mike from the Dogs Trust, Mad Dog training, Lesley from Tesco, Ali, Emma & Alison (local residents)

A big thank you to The Print Quarter for our fabulous banners and a huge thank you to everyone who liked, shared & promoted the event for us – you really did a brilliant job of getting the word out there!

Thank you very much!

125 dogs were microchipped for free during the four hour session as part of the ‘Bag it and Bin it’ promotion we are highlighting over the coming months.

Local school children were invited to enter a competition to produce a ‘Bag it and Bin it’ poster and the event attendees all got the opportunity to vote for their favourites. The winners will be made into large banners to be displayed around the Devonshire Road Park area.