Aberdeenshire Council has recently signed up to the award winning Green Dog Walking Scheme.
Green Dog Walkers (GDW) is a non-confrontational, friendly way to change attitudes about dog fouling. Volunteers wear GDW merchandise (or their dogs wear the green GDW collar) to show 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 dog
Community councils work hand-in-hand with local groups to provide the “on the ground” work to sign up pledgers and the council provides the funding for the start-up merchandise and pledge brochures. It is the community volunteers who do the groundwork of signing on pledgers, running booths at local galas and other events.
Aberdeenshire Council will provide a Green Dog Walkers Tool Kit to each community organisation which becomes an official GDW group. The tool kit will include a supply of pledge brochures, dog collars, green doggy bags, posters, lanyards and other items.
What to do next…
Contact Gillian Abel, Dog Warden – South, on 01569 768224 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get started!