Image demonstrating Green Dog Walkers scheme to celebrate 1st birthday at Blyth

Green Dog Walkers scheme to celebrate 1st birthday at Blyth

Northumberland County Council’s Green Dog Walkers scheme will be celebrating its first birthday this Saturday at a special event in Blyth.

The council is holding events at locations across the county this summer - helping to spread the word about the benefits of being a Green Dog Walker and providing information, advice and support to dog owners.

Green Dog Walkers is a scheme which encourages responsible dog ownership.  It is a community-led programme aimed at reducing dog fouling and promoting responsible dog ownership across Northumberland.

The Blyth event will be centred around Blyth promenade, outside The Dave Stephens Centre at Links Road, where there will be free microchipping, a check a chip stand where you can make sure that your dog’s microchip still works, free dog poo bags and an opportunity to sign up to the scheme.

In honour of its first anniversary, and gaining well over 1,000 members, there will also be party bags for dogs, a name the dog competition, advice from a local animal welfare officer and a brilliant opportunity to socialise your dog.


Each event features a group dog walk and on Saturday this will start from the Dave Stephen’s Centre at 12.30pm.

Dog owners are encouraged to join the Green Dog Walkers scheme by signing a pledge. Those signing the pledge agree to always clean up after their dog and put the bag in a bin and to use a friendly approach to encourage other dog walkers to do the same.  

Those who sign up are sent a green dog walkers armband to wear when walking their dog to help draw attention to the scheme as well as green doggy bags and pledge leaflets.

The council also provides a Green Dog Walkers support kit to local community groups and  individuals who want to get involved.

Councillor, Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for the environment and local services at Northumberland County Council said: “Dog fouling is one of our top environmental priorities and one of the issues most commonly raised with us by residents.  

“Green Dog Walkers is intended to be a friendly and non-confrontational approach to changing attitudes to the problem of dog fouling.

“It complements other council approaches across the county including issuing fines when irresponsible dog owners are caught allowing their dogs to foul without picking up after them and educational initiatives promoting responsible dog ownership.

"We are extremely grateful to all of our Green Dog Walkers for their commitment.”

Dates and times for future events are:
Saturday July 28 - Prudhoe riverside - 11am-3pm, Dog Walk at 12pm.
Saturday August 11 - Cambois beach shelter - 11am-3pm, Dog Walk at 12pm.
Saturday August 18 - Berwick - Spittal promenade - 11am-2pm, Dog Walk at 12pm.
Saturday September 1 - Hexham  Bandstand - 11am-3pm, Dog Walk at 12pm.

If you are interested in becoming a Green Dog Walker, please email greendogwalkers@northumberland.gov.uk, or visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/greendogwalkers
 
 
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