Dog problems

Report dog fouling, excessive barking and stray dogs.

Service information

Use this service to report:

  • dog fouling
  • dog control
  • a stray dog
  • excessive barking

Eligibility criteria

We only investigate dog problems in East Renfrewshire. To report a dog problem in another area contact the appropriate local authority.

Before you start

If a dog has attacked or bitten a person or an assistance dog phone Police Scotland on 101.

If a dog is outwith the owner's control, has attacked or bitten another dog or animal and its behaviour is such to cause apprehensiveness, this should be reported to us.

Dog waste

To request the clean-up of dog waste, use our report litter service.

If you report a dog problem anonymously our investigation will be limited. If you're willing to give us your contact details this will help us to investigate a report fully.

How to report

Report online

What happens next

One of our team will contact you within 1 working day.

Please note, we investigate dog problems between 7.30am and midnight.

Dog fouling

If you use our service to report dog fouling, we'll patrol where the incident took place.

We'll display 'No dog fouling' stickers around the location of the incident.

We can give a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of up to £80 if you don't remove dog waste.

Dog control

If a dog has attacked or bitten a person or an assistance dog phone Police Scotland on 101.

If a dog is outwith the owner's control, has attacked or bitten another dog or animal and its behaviour is such to cause apprehensiveness, this should be reported to us.

If you use our service to report a dog control problem, we'll investigate the incident and consider issuing a Dog Control Notice (DCN).

Stray dog

If you use our service to report a stray dog, we'll scan the dog for a microchip and try to find its owner.

If the owner isn't identified we'll use social media to help us try to find the owner. 

If the owner still isn't found we'll take the dog to the SSPCA Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Glasgow.

Excessive barking

We'll investigate barking complaints you can't resolve with the owner.

If the barking complaint isn't resolved you can take civil action. You need to write to:

Paisley JP Court
Mill Street
Paisley
PA1 1ND

You can ask us for a sample letter if you include your email address in to your report.

Last modified on 29 June 2021