GDW is everywhere, or close to it. In addition to Falkirk Council (where it began in partnership with CGI back in 2008), additional licensed local authorities which are running the project include: Fife, Normand Park London, Perth/Kinross, Midlothian, Highlands, Angus, South Gloucestershire, Swale Borough, Southeast Region Ireland, Greater Dublin, City of Edinburgh, Moray, Durham, Middlesborough, Hastings, Red Car & Cleveland, Lewisham, Craven, City of Bradford Metro District Council — and more are currently in discussion.
GDW went on the road in November with Scottish Natural Heritage’s programme for professional dog walkers. A successful pilot workshop was run in Falkirk in February this year with consultant Steve Jenkinson and Anne Murray from SNH at the helm, in which GDW took part. Articles on this SNH campaign, giving national attention to GDW, have appeared in Steve’s column in Your Dog Magazine in 2013.
The November workshops were run by a team composed of Theresa Kewell, Communications Officer Scottish Natural Heritage; Steve Jenkinson, Kennel Club Access Advisor; Michelle MillerAllen of the GDW project (representing both Falkirk Council and Community Green Initiative); Carl Howman Amenity Protection officer of East Lothian Council; plus local vet surgeries. The workshops took place in Thornliebank, Milngavie, Cowdenbeath, Fife, Dundee and Aberdeen.
Overall, approximately 240 attendees were treated to a full explanation of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, the history and value of the Green Dog Walkers project, the successful professional dog walkers certification project from East Lothian Council and the wisdom of local vet surgeries with tips on everything from dog first aid to parasites. A full report on the outcome of the workshops will follow soon but the general feeling of the team and the feedback from attendees is that it was an evening well spent at each venue, and a good step toward better professional dog walking services in Scotland.
5th Annual Canine Capers Photos
5th Annual Canine Capers
2013 5th annual CANINE CAPERS will be held at Jenny's Park, Bonnybridge on Sunday 14th July, Noon to 4pm.
What’s with the Green Dog Walkers armbands?
Green Dog Walkers (GDW) is a non-confrontational, friendly way to change attitudes about dog fouling. Volunteers wear a GDW armband which signifies that they have "Taken the Pledge" to always:
- clean up after their dog
- carry extra dog waste bags
- be happy to be approached to 'lend' a dog waste bag to those without
- be a friendly reminder to other dog walkers to clean up after their dogs
The Green Arm Band acts as A Friendly Reminder…to please pick up after your Dog!
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BBC RADIO SCOTLAND: “The Scoop on Poop”
Listen to 'The Scoop on Poop' an informative documentary on BBC Radio Scotland in February 2012, about the problem of dog fouling, which is the biggest complaint to most councils. Sheena McDonald explores the disgusting problem. Includes an interview with Michelle MillerAllen about GREEN DOG WALKERS.
Green Dog Walkers Tackles Green Bags In Trees Mystery
Why are there Green Bags in the Trees?
It is a cultural phenomenon, not only in Scotland but throughout the UK, that people are taking the trouble to put their dog’s poo in a bag, but then they are leaving the bags on the ground, in shrubs, up in tree branches, in bodies of water, tossed onto motorways, etc. Even when a bin is in full view, people are doing this.
To try to get to the bottom of this puzzling behaviour, the Green Dog Walkers Project is hosting a series of Falkirk area Community Conversations called “Why Are There Green Bags in the Trees?” about dog fouling issues, which will include big maps to help people identify dog walking areas, “poo hot spots” and bin locations in their neighbourhood; find out more about the health risks of dog poo on the ground (local vets will be there to talk about worming); Community Safety Team officers on hand to talk with people about the fines and enforcement side of things, etc.
Venues for Green Bag Conversations
The first 2012 Green Bags Conversation was held in Denny on 5th June at the YMCA (drop in 3-6pm); the second at the Hallglen Primary School 21st June (drop in 3-6pm) and the third at Canine Capers in Laurieston Public Park 15th July (noon to 4pm). GDW is scheduling more such events in Bonnybridge, Grangemouth and other parts of Falkirk for later in 2013.
Licensed and Trademarked Across the UK
Green Dog Walkers was trademarked in 2010 and licences have been issued to other local authorities in the UK. Thus far the project is running in Fife Council, Normand Park London, Moray Council, Perth/Kinross Council, Highlands Council, Angus Council, Durham Council, Swale Borough Council, South Gloucestershire Council, Middlesborough Council, Hastings Borough, Dublin, Craven Council, Red Car and more…and more local authorities are requesting licensing information every week.
If you would like more information on the Green Dog Walkers Project you may contact Michelle MillerAllen, Community Litter Officer at email@example.com or call 01324 501108 and leave a message.
4th Annual Canine Capers Photographs
Des Tinney’s Photos from Canine Capers 2012. The images are watermarked, however to receive free un-watermarked images just e-mail Des at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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3rd Annual Canine Capers a Grand Success!
Green Dog Walkers (GDW) along with the Falkirk Council Outdoor Access Rangers, FC Litter Strategy Team, AG Vets of Bonnybridge, Apex Vets of Denny and Pets at Home co-sponsored the 3rd annual CANINE CAPERS in Dollar Park, Camelon/Falkirk on Sunday 10th July. Approximately 700 people attended with several hundred dogs, and there were 20 stalls.
People commented that the venue was really perfect – not too big, not too small, cozy and friendly and beautiful. Dollar Park is much beloved by Falkirk and it is so good to see the rejuvenation going on there, thanks to the hard work of FRIENDS OF DOLLAR PARK who hosted the event. Thanks also go to the various Falkirk Council services which helped with a lot of behind the scenes team work: Estates and Facilities Management (Data Collection and Catering); Corporate and Neighbourhood Services (Street Cleansing) and FC Events & Promotions.
The Valley FM radio kids from Bo’Ness were our MCs and ran the PA System to announce events throughout the afternoon. They did an excellent job once again and also ran a face painting stall to raise funds for their projects.
Taking part with stalls were Scottish Kennel Club, Scottish Canine Consultative Council, German Shepherd Rescue, SSPCA, Boxer Rescue, Falkirk Rotary Club, No Cold Dogs Toys, The Pack, A&G Vets, Apex Vets, Safe Paws, CGI, Friends of Dollar Park, Community Green Initiative, Dogcraft.co.uk, Pets at Home, Greyhound Rescue, The Pack, Community Safety Team, Litter Strategy Team, Outdoor Access, Fifi’s Cupcakes & Glitter, St. Andrews First Aid, Heather’s Snax Van and Fotheringham’s Ice cream. Criminal Justice Service was on hand to help set things up and guide traffic.
Included in the day’s events were two shows from Quack Commandos (featuring herding sheep dog and runner ducks), and Grangemouth Dog Club agility and training demonstrations. Green Dog Walkers signed close to 90 pledges and distributed hundreds of wee green buttons to the children, to help them remember to LEAVE ONLY PAWPRINTS!
Dog contests ran all afternoon including waggiest tail, best biscuit catcher, best trick and the like. Many dogs went home with rosettes and prizes, and everyone had a brilliant time. An agility arena was also available for fun and practice.
The first Canine Capers was held at Zetland Park; last year was Callendar Park and for next year we are looking at somewhere within the Helix area. Each year the event will be held in July in a different park in the Falkirk District, to spread the fun around!
We will keep you posted. A link to hundreds of photos will follow in the next couple days. For more info: email@example.com
Green Dog Walkers Co Hosts 3rd Annual Canine Capers!
Green Dog Walkers (GDW) along with the Falkirk Council Outdoor Access Rangers, FC Litter Strategy Team, AG Vets of Bonnybridge, Apex Vets of Denny and Pets at Home are co-sponsoring the 3rd annual CANINE CAPERS in Dollar Park, Falkirk on Sunday 10th July. Last year's event was at Callendar Park; for next year we are looking at a green space within the Helix area. Each year the event will be held in a different park or green space in the Falkirk District, to spread the fun around! Last year an estimated 500 dog owners showed up and about half as many dogs!
Lots of local groups will have stalls -- and there were contests for dogs and agility courses and demos on dog training. The Valley FM radio kids from Bo'Ness are our MCs again to announce events throughout the afternoon, playing Elvis' "Hound Dog" at regular intervals.
Taking part will be Scottish Kennel Club, SNH, Scottish Canine Consultative Council, German Shepherd Rescue, SSPCA, Boxer Rescue, Falkirk Rotary Club, No Cold Dogs Toys, The Pack, A&G Vets, Apex Vets, Safe Paws, CGI, Friends of Dollar Park's GDW Group, dog portrait, face painting, dog toy/treat vendors. Two shows during the afternoon from Quack Commandos (featuring herding sheep dog and runner ducks), Grangemouth Dog Club demonstrations. Food vendors will be on hand with ice cream and burgers, etc.
Contests run all afternoon including agility and waggiest tail, best biscuit catcher and the like. For more information contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE KIDS AT VALLEY FM WILL BE MASTER OF CEREMONIES FOR THE DAY. LISTEN ON www.valleyfm.org.uk OR 87.7 FM.
2nd Annual Canine Capers was a great success!
Green Dog Walkers (GDW) along with the Falkirk Council Outdoor Access Rangers, FC Litter Strategy Team and Callendar Woods Forestry Commission Scotland Rangers co-sponsored the 2nd annual CANINE CAPERS in Callendar Park, Falkirk on Sunday 11th July. Last year’s event was at Zetland Park; for next year we are looking at Dollar Park. Each year the event will be held in a different park in the Falkirk District, to spread the fun around! This year an estimated 500 dog owners showed up and about half as many dogs!
Lots of local groups had stalls -- we all ended up under the big marquee due to wind -- and there were contests for dogs and kids alike. The Valley FM radio kids from Bo’Ness were our MCs and ran the PA System to announce events throughout the afternoon, playing Elvis' "Hound Dog" at regular intervals.
Taking part were Scottish Kennel Club, Pet Fostering Services, Guide Dogs, Boxer Rescue, A&G Vets, Tall Tails, SNH, CGI, Friends of Dollar Park's GDW Group and dog portrait and dog toy/treat vendors. The Litter Strategy and Rangers had displays and activities for the kids as did Forestry Commission Scotland. Agility demonstrations were provided by Auchinlay Agility Group, Grangemouth Dog Club and two shows featuring herding sheep dog and runner ducks were performed by Quack Commandos.
Contests ran all afternoon including agility and waggiest tail, best biscuit catcher and the like. Many dogs went home with rosettes and everyone had a brilliant time.
Plans are afoot for 2011, most likely July again. We will keep you posted.
Photographs by Eddie McEleney, see more photographs from the Canine Capers day.
Mascots caper at dog day
Keep Scotland Beautiful’s dog mascots took part in Falkirk Council’s Green Dog Walkers 2nd annual Canine Capers event at the weekend.
They bounded along to the family fun day in Callendar Park to remind dog walkers to clean up after their pet this summer. The mascots will be making an appearance at various events throughout the country in the run up to and during National Poop Scoop Week at the end of July.