We deal with:
- collecting stray dogs
- enforcement of legislation involved with dog fouling
What we don't deal with:
- dangerous dogs
To report a dangerous dog, please contact the police. For other enquiries, please contact RSPCA or another rehoming organisation for more information.
Report a stray dog
A stray dog is any dog loose in a public place with no one obviously in charge of it. The law requires that all dogs in a public place must wear a collar and identification tag, which gives the name and address of the owner. Anyone who is responsible for the dog while in a public place must make sure it has a collar and tag.
If you find a stray dog call us on 0300 300 8302 or 08444 828 321 (after hours service)
You may retain the dog until the dog warden arrives.
Lost your dog?
Call us on 0300 300 8302. We can then contact the dog warden to check for your dog. Alternatively visit www.lostdogsuk.co.uk - This website includes details of found dogs (click the Central Bedfordshire tab in the bottom right hand corner)
What happens to stray dogs found by the dog warden?
If the dog is wearing a collar and tag or is micro chipped, it will be returned to the owner. We will take the dog to our nominated kennels if there is no one at home to take the dog.
If a dog cannot be identified it will be taken to kennels where it will be kept for up to 8 days. We will re-home the dog after this. The dog may be put to sleep, if this is not possible due to temperament or other circumstances.
These are the dog warden fees and charges (PDF 71KB).
How to get your dog back
You can collect your dog from the kennels after you pay the dog warden fees and charges (PDF 71KB). You must pay before collecting your dog. The fees include a statutory fee and kennelling fees, they may include veterinary fees (vaccinations etc).
If your dog has strayed and been involved in an accident or has been found to require urgent veterinary attention it may be taken to a vet. If this is the case, you will be liable for the payment of the vet fees.
It is an offence to allow a dog, which you a responsible for, to foul and not clear it up immediately when in a public place. The dog wardens have the power to issue fixed penalty notices to members of the public who allow their dog to foul and fail to remove it.
What happens if an offence is reported?
The dog wardens conduct patrols but need the public's help to report areas of excess dog fouling. The dog wardens can only issue fixed penalty costs of £50 if they see dog fouling happening. You can report dog fouling by calling 0300 300 8302.
Barking is very natural for dogs but constant barking or whining of a dog can be disturbing or annoying for neighbours. Often the problem occurs when the dog's owner is out of the house, and the owner doesn't know until someone complains. You can report this by calling 0300 300 8302.
A barking dog can be a noise nuisance. The owner can be taken to court if they do nothing to stop nuisance.Why do dogs bark?
Dogs are not by nature solitary animals. They need the security of a family group. Pet dogs regards their owners as a substitute family and can soon become distressed when left alone.
There are many reasons why your dog may bark:
The importance of training
- boredom or frustration
- attention seeking
- defending his territory
- medical problems
Training is important so that your dog does not bark at just anything that moves. A well-trained dog should be able to tell the difference between people allowed into the house and people who are intruders. Good training combined with affection and companionship should mean that your dog will not develop bad habits.Some simple things to try
Some dogs simply do not want you to go out. Get your dog used to the idea that you are away for different periods of time at different times of the day. That way he might not be so concerned each time you leave. And don't make a fuss of your dog when you leave it.
Try putting your dog on their own in another room - at first for a few minutes, then gradually build up the time you leave your dog alone. Do not return to your dog until he / she is quiet for a period. When you return, praise them.
Some dogs will bark because they want to join in with what is going on outside. If this is the problem, try leaving your dog so that they cannot see outside.
Some dogs will settle only if they can hear a human voice. Leaving a radio on at low volume might help. But make sure the radio is not too loud. You don't want to have complaints about that!
Try not to leave your dog for long periods. If you have to, see if there is someone who can look in during that time. Maybe that person could take your dog for a walk or let the dog out into the garden, if you have one.
Try not to leave your house for long periods, if you can't:
If you need more help
- feed and exercise him / her before you go out and leave some fresh water
- make sure their bed or basket is comfortable and leave their favourite toys
- check that the room is not too hot or too cold and there is adequate ventilation
- if you aren't coming back until after dark, leave a light on
Old dogs can be taught new tricks, ask our dog warden for additional suggestions by calling 0300 300 8302.
You should also go to your vet. Sometimes a dog will bark because he is ill - anxiety is often the cause of barking. You can ask your vet to refer your dog to an animal behaviourist who is an expert and can suggest ways to improve your dog's behaviour.