We recognise the significant and life-enhancing roles that dogs play in our community.  Owning a dog, however, comes with certain responsibilities and we would encourage all dog owners to abide by the Medway Canine Code.

As a responsible dog owner, I will:

  • ensure my dog is chipped and has a collar and name tag when it is outside
  • prevent my dog from straying
  • keep my dog under control at all times, especially around children and elderly people
  • keep my dog on a lead on the highway, when requested by a council or police officer, or where signs indicate
  • keep my dog out of children’s play areas, or any other area where signs indicate
  • not let my dog be aggressive towards other dogs and people
  • let Medway Council know if I see a stray dog
  • carry enough dog bags to clear up after my dog (and a spare in case another dog walker has forgotten theirs)
  • clear up after my dog and place the bag in a dog bin or rubbish bin
  • keep my dog well fed and watered, but not allow my dog to get overweight
  • ensure my dog’s vaccinations are up to date
  • regularly treat my dog for worms and fleas
  • ensure my dog gets enough exercise and mental stimulation by walking and playing with it
  • not allow my dog to chase or kill cats and other small animals
  • never leave my dog in a locked car
  • never hang filled dog bags on trees, bushes, fences -  either bin them or take them home
  • treat my dog with love and kindness, not cruelty
  • never leave my dog alone for long periods of time