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Green Dog Walkers

Green Dog Walkers encourages dog owners to clean up after their animals and is a non-confrontational, friendly way to change dog owner behaviour in relation to dog litter.

Volunteers lead by example and wear a Green Dog Walkers hi-vis vest with "leave only pawprints" on the back. By wearing the vest, dog owners are showing 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, and be a friendly reminder to other dog walkers to clean up after their dogs.

You can take the pledge to be a Green Dog Walker by signing the Green Dog Walkers Form [PDF, 213KB] and returning it to Environment Section, Clare County Council, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare after which you will receive a Green Dog Walker pack in the post. 

The Green Dog Walker pack contains a complimentary Green Dog-Walkers high-vis vest, Green Dog-Walkers 'doggie bone' poop-bag dispenser with a roll of bags, information leaflet and dog pledge, where children can get their dogs to put a paw print on a postcard.

The majority of people walking dogs in public spaces are conscientious about picking up dog litter, and can help get the message out to others by leading by example.

The environment section is particularly interested in working with community groups, Tidy Towns committees and volunteers. Please contact us, to see how you can become involved.

Clare County Council has teamed up with the creators of internet animation series Sminky Shorts to launch the Green Dog Walkers. Funded under the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government's Anti Litter Awareness Grant Scheme, the 80-second animated short highlights the responsibility of dog owners to clean up after their dog and features two cartoon pug dogs humourously conversing at the Cliffs of Moher and may be viewed on facebook and twitter.

For more information on how to become involved in the Green Dog Walkers please contact the environment section on envawareness@clarecoco.ie or phone on (065) 6846281.

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 03/08/16