Responsible dog ownership

Responsible dog ownership

A dog that is loved, well cared for, and properly trained can provide a lot of pleasure and hours of companionship. Owners have a responsibility to look after their dogs to ensure that their pets stay healthy and have a good quality of life. This includes providing sufficient food, exercise, vaccinations, medical attention, and training.

Dog wardens

Dog wardens deal with stray dogs, and help to enforce the law on dog fouling.

We deal with:

  • Collecting stray dogs
  • The enforcement of legislation involved with dog fouling

Dog warden services are provided by SDK Environmental Ltd on behalf of the council.

What we don’t deal with:

  • Rehoming
  • Welfare
  • Dangerous dogs

For rehoming or welfare issues, please contact the RSPCA or another rehoming organisation.

For Dogs dangerously out of control. please see the web page.

To report a dangerous dog, please contact Thames Valley Police

Dog identification

As of 6 April 2016, all dogs must be microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old. Please remember that you must also keep your dog’s microchip information up-to-date.

By law, all dogs in public places should wear a collar and tag giving the name of the owner and their address and telephone number.  This law still applies despite the requirement for microchipping your dog.

Lost dogs

If you’ve lost your dog, call the dog warden service on 03444 828 300 to report it missing and to check if it’s been picked up. The service is available 7 days a week, 8.30am - 17.00 pm. You can also check the dog warden’s website to see if your dog has been found.

If the dog warden finds your dog, you will have to pay a fee before you can take it home. You will also be required to pay for kennelling and any other expenses incurred by the council as a result of your dog’s detention.

A one day in kennels cost is £82.50. Each additional day costs an extra £17.50.

The dog warden will hold your dog for 7 days before it is placed for adoption.

Found dogs

If you find a stray dog, you can call the dog warden to collect it on 03444 828 346 (7 days a week, 24 hours a day). 

You can choose to keep the dog if the dog warden finds that your home is suitable. You must be willing to keep the dog for at least 1 month, after which time you can choose to keep or rehome it. The legal title of the dog will remain with its original owner.

More information:

Rehoming or Welfare issues

Caring for your dog - the Dogs Trust website


Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals