Dog fouling is a problem that can spoil everyone’s enjoyment of the great outdoors. As well as being unpleasant to look at, or worse step in, dog fouling can also be dangerous. To tackle this, Ceredigion County Council have launched a new initiative by displaying temporary messages that state ‘Your Dog Your Job’, to encourage dog-owners to take responsibility.

Councillor Ellen Ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council, said: “As part of Caru Ceredigion we are looking to work with our local communities to have a positive influence on issues which are of concern or important to them. With a view of further raising awareness of this issue and trying to positively influence behaviours we are pleased to launch Your Dog Your Job.”

The messages will appear initially in targeted areas where there are known problems and concerns about dog fouling. This will include parks, dual use cycle and pedestrian paths as well as streets and other public areas. During the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation it is even more important that everyone plays their part in doing the right thing which includes cleaning up after their dog.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards, Cabinet member for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing added: “The Your Dog Your Job campaign is an obvious example of Caru Ceredigion at work. We would like to thank all those responsible dog owners who do the right thing and would encourage everyone to play their part in ensuring that Ceredigion is kept clean. I would also like to remind dog owners that bagged dog waste can be put in any general on street litter bins in Ceredigion. This makes it as easy as possible for people to dispose of their dog waste in a legal and responsible manner.”

One of the first places the Your Dog Your Job message is being used is in Llandysul. The Council already have a positive working relationship with a local group of volunteers in the town who are involved with supporting efforts to keep Llandysul clean.

Councillor Keith Evans, County Councillor for Llandysul Town, is actively involved with the work of the group commented: “It’s great when local groups and the County Council can work together on innovative solutions like this that can have a positive influence on issues. Dog fouling has been a long standing issue and we hope this new approach will make all dog owners think and understand that it is their job to clean up after their dogs.”

The success of ‘Your Dog Your Job’ will be monitored and options for rolling it out elsewhere will be considered.