The Responsible Dog Ownership (RDO) project is ongoing, with conclusions and policy reform recommendations expected next year. The RDO four project subgroups are due to continue meeting throughout the autumn and winter, giving us time to examine each of the Middlesex recommendations in detail. We do not anticipate producing an interim report prior to the conclusion of the project next year.
We expect that the recommendations will address all aspects of tackling irresponsible dog ownership effectively, from prevention to robust, consistent enforcement, focusing on owners as well as on their dogs.
Following proactive engagement with stakeholders as part of the RDO project, this summer Defra worked with animal welfare organisations, the police, local authorities and the devolved administrations to launch a dog safety communications campaign. As part of this, we supported the Canine and Feline Sector Group to develop and disseminate their Dog Safety Code, which incorporates key advice and resources to equip parents and children with the knowledge they need to enjoy spending time with dogs safely.