It’s illegal to walk more than four dogs in London.
However, you can walk up to the limit under the Dog Walking Permit. It is important to note that dogs are not allowed outside on foot for more than 30 minutes.
For more information about the licensing policy for pet dogs in the capital, visit the Home Office site.
London dog control officers will always have a strict leash training policy where you are.
There are exceptions and you can apply for a leash or muzzle if it bothers you and is in the public interest.
How do I know if the dog is off the leash properly?
The dog must be on a leash unless it is a dog for play and they are on their own.
If the dog is not on a leash, they will not be allowed inside. There is no legal reason for a dog to be off its leash except in certain circumstances.
You can check whether a dog is off its leash by:
1. Looking at their head or body
2. Turning away
If the dog is clearly off the leash but can still be seen, they will need to be stopped. If you have any doubt that they need to be stopped, then you need to call the Dog Control Officer on 0344 999 0024.
Note: If the dog is going to be allowed outside in full daylight, or if the dog is obviously going to be barking, the officers might also stop the dog before they get there.
Are dogs allowed off London pavement?
Yes. There are no restrictions on how dogs can be left to off London pavement.
However, dogs are not allowed to run in streets where other pedestrians are present and dogs are not allowed to cross the pavement when there is a pedestrian ahead of them.
If this happens the dog will need to be stopped and it will not be allowed back in the street. If a pet dog gets separated from its owner it may not be safe for them to return in the future and therefore you will need advice from a shelter or shelter worker.
If you think that your dog might get lost or even hurt, please refer to our London Dogs Guide.
Are there any laws or regulations on dog control in the UK?
Yes it is illegal to have a dog on your property or premises as long as you have a pet.
The rules governing dog control in the UK vary depending on which area of the UK you live
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