Guidance, Reports and Evidence for Best Practice

This page presents links to documents offering advice and detailing research that may be of interest to anyone ranging from dog owners to housing developers, rangers, anyone who manages land with public access and anyone else with an interest in best practice.

Documents include everything from online advice from well-known charities to scholarly articles and Government reports. Listed alphabetically by title.

Dorset Dogs has reports and survey results relating to the work we do as well as reports and surveys carried out by the Dorset Heaths Partnership (including information about Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspaces).

We continue to work with organisations across the UK who are following Dorset Dog’s lead as an example of how to provide great access to people with dogs whilst promoting the value, care and future protection that can be given to our countryside, green spaces and wildlife.

Ambassadors for wellbeing: A new role for commercial dog walkers

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014: Anti-social behaviour powers Statutory guidance for frontline professionals.

Includes guidance on Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) which replace Dog Control Orders (DCOs)

Code of practice for the welfare of DOGS

Commercial dog walkers in the outdoors: Attitudes, engagement or opportunities

Full Report

CROW Act 2000 Open Access Visitor Survey Executive Summary

Dogs in parks and the countryside

Dog and Human Activity Trail: Design Guidance

Dog Activity Trail: Lee Valley Regional Park

Environmental and social impacts of domestic dog waste in the UK: investigating barriers to behavioural change in dog walkers

Help and advice for dog owners: Behaviour/Training/Dog School/Getting a Dog: Dogs Trust

How to look after and care for a dog: RSPCA

Managing Dogs in Woods

Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE): Headline report 2019

Out of Order: The Impact of Access Restrictions on Dogs and their Owners

Planning for Dog Ownership in New Developments:
Reducing Conflict – Adding Value

Poole Harbour Disturbance Study

Poole Harbour Disturbance Study Map Annex

Tackling livestock worrying and encouraging responsible dog ownership

Understanding the Psychology of Walkers with Dogs: new approaches to better management