‘Barking Mad’ council event bids to change dog fouling mindset in Cork

Cork County Council is teaming up with a village to host a family fun day aimed at keeping footpaths free from dog fouling.

‘Barking Mad’ council event bids to change dog fouling mindset in Cork

The council’s environmental awareness and research group has organised ‘Gone Barking Mad’, which takes place in Castlelyons this Sunday, May 31.

Dog poop is not only a health hazard to young children, but an annoyance to the users of wheelchairs, buggies, white canes, and walking aids.

The event will take place in the village’s Fr Ferris field and is aiming to replicate Green Dog Walkers, an event which is the brainchild of Falkirk Council in Scotland. It is a non-confrontational and friendly way to change attitudes about dog fouling.

Volunteers’ dogs wear the Green Dog Walkers lead or collar to show their owners have taken the pledge to always clean up after their pet, that they are carrying extra bags for dog waste, and are happy to be approached to lend such an item.

The leads also act as a friendly reminder to other dog walkers to clean up after their dog.

If your four-legged friend is constantly scratching at the door, eating your slippers, or simply wanting to be pampered all the time, then you and your dog need to go along to the event in Castlelyons where there will be plenty of fun attractions.

These include agility and training demonstrations, dog olympics, and a dog show.

There will also be talks and demonstrations by the Irish Guide Dogs, officials with the Garda Dog Unit, and other groups covering topics such as the best way to approach a dog, essential first aid, and essential dog care.

In addition there will be plenty of stalls to allow owners attend to their dog’s every need and there will also be plenty of child-friendly entertainment, such as face painting and a barrel train ride, as well as refreshments and more.

The programme starts at 2.15pm with an obedience demonstration and concludes after 6pm.

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