Advice about how to be a responsible dog owner.
For poop scoop requirements, where and when dogs must be on leads, and areas where dogs are banned in Eastbourne, go to our Local Dog Control Orders pages.
You can download our Responsible Dog Ownership posters and leaflets in PDF format below.
12 Basic Tips for Dog Owners
Train your dog in elementary obedience - local organisations that can help are listed on our Dog Training and Care page in this section
Feed your dog at regular times and with a nutritionally balanced diet
Feed your dog from his own dish
Keep your dog on a lead anywhere near a road, or where there are other animals
Train your dog not to foul in public places - if it does, scoop the poop!
Remember your dog's barking can be a nuisance
Provide your dog with his own bed
Never take your dog into a food shop - always tie its lead to a post
Keep your dog clean and regularly groomed
Register your pet with a vet of your choice - local vets are listed on our Dog Training and Care page in this section
If you do not want your dog to have puppies, obtain advice from your vet
Make sure someone is caring for your dog when you go on holiday and that they know the telephone number of the local dog warden - in Eastbourne telephone 01323 415380
Dog Control and Identification
- Your dog must have proper identification with a suitable collar and clearly displayed tag. Microchipping is a very useful permanent form of identification, but remember that it is not an alternative or replacement for the requirement for a collar and tag under the Control of Dogs Act 1992.
- Dogs must be kept under control at all times.
- Owners can be prosecuted for allowing dogs to bite people or attack other animals.
- Special care must be taken in areas where children play.
- If a dog has a suspect temperament, keep it on a lead and muzzle it when in public.
- Keep dogs in when the postman and refuse collectors are due.
- Make sure fencing is adequate and dogs cannot escape.
- All dogs should be on leads on roads.
- Dogs must never worry livestock. Even letting your dog walk in the same field as farm animals may be considered as "worrying". The farmer is entitled to kill your dog if it is worrying livestock.