Dorset Dogs

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About Dorset Dogs

Dorset Dogs encourages positive management for dogs in town, coast and countryside and promotes responsible dog ownership.

What we believe

Dogs are wonderful for people’s physical health and emotional well-being and if that goes hand in hand with responsible dog ownership there are brilliant benefits not just for people but also for the value, care and future protection given to our countryside and green spaces and the wildlife that live there. 

Who are we?

Dorset Dogs was set up by a group of land managers who were also dog owners.  We recognised from our own experience that there are issues to do with dogs out and about on their walks (eg fouling, or disturbance to wildlife, grazing animals or other people) but we wanted to find more positive ways to manage those issues and also to recognise the benefits that dog owners can bring.  We work together with other dog owners and land managers to do this, as well as dog, conservation and countryside organisations, charities and businesses.


People walking with dogs are often the main visitors to green spaces and the countryside.  We are ‘eyes & ears’, discouraging anti-social behaviour simply by being there, or reporting fires or other incidents.  Some dog owners also take part in voluntary work at their local site, for example litter-picking, conducting wildlife surveys or carrying out practical work on site. This year we partnered with Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service to introduce our K9 Firewise Patrol.

Dog owners who live in or visit Dorset can become members of Dorset Dogs, by signing up to the Doggy Do Code and keeping in touch with local dog and countryside information. There are now nearly 2500 Dorset Dogs human members and even more canine ones!


Dorset Dogs is part of the newly formed Southern Counties Canine Access Management Partnership (SCCAMP) along with Devon Loves Dogs, Heathland Hounds, New Forest National Park Authority, South Downs National Park and Bird Aware Solent.

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Social media (Facebook and Instagram): @dorsetdogs

Dorset Dogs provide information about places to go with your dog, events including an annual Dogs Festival, survey work, consultancy, seminars, webinars, promotion of the 'Doggy Do Code', innovative campaigns and other work with dog owners, dog and countryside organisations, charities and land managers. It's free to join as a member.

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Love Dogs…Love Nature – A video by SCCAMP

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