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Top dogs recognised with special awards

Published Monday, 29 April 2013

Owners and their four legged friends were honoured in a special ceremony in Bush Hill Park last week which rewarded both well behaved dogs and conscientious owners.

Cllr Bond

The ceremony marked a partnership between Enfield Council, the Friends of Bush Hill Park and ‘Parkguard’ who teamed up to deliver an innovative six week course aimed at teaching dog owners how to gain greater control of their pets whilst in Enfield’s parks.

The course, which was open to people aged 14 years and over, was delivered by  Enfield Council’s Dog Education and Enforcement Officer, Simon Woodward, and covered all aspects of responsible ownership such as dog behaviour, the law, control, how to look after a dog properly, and the owners’ responsibility.

The Parks Dog Project was funded by a grant from Enfield Council for Friends of Parks groups.

The successful owners were given special awards by Cllr Chris Bond, Cabinet Member for Environment at the ceremony which marked their successful training.

Cllr Bond said “Many residents who enjoy our open spaces complain about the number of people who bring dogs into our parks which are clearly not under proper control. When these dogs are bigger and more aggressive breeds the problem becomes far worse.

“This training aims to show just how important it is to have your dog under control, and your legal responsibilities when you own a dog, and have it running free in a public place where children, other dogs and members of the public could be frightened or hurt if your dog does not behave.

“We are delighted to have an experienced officer like Simon on hand to share his experience and also the knowledge of Parkguard, who work in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Safer Parks Unit, which are funded by Enfield Council’s Community Safety Unit.”

Maria Tolly, Chair of the Friends of Bush Hill Park said “We were delighted to get involved with this scheme as one of the main concerns that many people have in parks is out of control dogs.

“We look forward to seeing more dog control sessions like this being run in Enfield's parks.”

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