Dog Warden



The NDWA was established in 1984 and is committed to the promotion of responsible dog ownership and the important and continuing role of Animal/Dog Wardens.

Following Devolution of Animal Welfare to the Scottish Parliament we became a separate organisation in Scotland while maintaining links to our colleagues in the rest of the UK.

Purpose of the Site

The NDWA (Scotland) website has been set up to keep members of the public informed as to the role of the dog warden within society.  Dog wardens primarily deal with the following

  • Stray Dogs
  • Dog Fouling
  • Dog Barking
  • Out of Control Dogs
  • Public Education
  • Licensing (of animal related premises such as kennels and pet shops)


Perhaps the most important role of a dog warden is the promotion of responsible dog ownership.  Dog wardens across Scotland are working daily to educate the public on the benefits of being a responsible dog owner.  In doing so, new and existing dog owners are showing greater awareness of legislation and taking more responsibility for their pet.

The NDWA is committed to the belief that nobody should handle a dog in a professional capacity unless they have received appropriate training or are suitably experienced to do so.  In addition, employers should not allow staff to carry out any enforcement duties without

Buying a Dog

Owning a dog can be a very rewarding experience and dogs make excellent companion animals. However, it is important that people fully understand the implications and responsibilities of dog ownership prior to making a commitment.


In the UK, numerous pieces of legislation relate to dogs and dog ownership.  Responsible dog owners should be aware of such legislation and their broad implications.  The following are some of the legislative controls in place to tackle well-known dog related problems.

Lost or Found Dogs

Losing a pet can be a stressful time for both dog owner and dog alike.  Often the owner has no idea who they should contact to report their dog as missing.  Similarly, members of the public who find a straying dog can be unsure what to do.  The FAQ that follows should help answer these questions.

Dog Control

All dog owners have a responsibility to ensure that their dog is under control and does not interfere with other members of the public.

Responsible Ownership

Dog owners don’t just have an obligation to keep their dog under control, they must also consider the welfare of their dog.


Contact details for the NDWA and dog wardens in your local authority.