1. Introduction

Newburgh Green Dog Walkers' is keen to hear your views on ways to encourage more dog walkers to safely dispose of dog poo.  
 
The survey, which is targeted at dog walkers in Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire,  takes only 10-15 minutes to complete and is anonymous.  Your answers will remain confidential and only summary findings of the survey will be published.
 
To encourage survey returns, we are offering prizes from Glenythan Vets, Ellon, Chris Hume Vet, Ellon and Bridge Vets, Bridge of Don and Tesco Ellon has offered a bag of doggy treats!  Our thanks to all our sponsors. Details of how to enter are found at the end of the questionnaire.
 
The survey results will be published in the summer 2016 via Green Dog Walkers' or local community Facebook pages, websites and in printed newsletters. In addition, anyone interested can request a copy by emailing Macdonald@newburgh22.fsnet.co.uk.
 
Finally thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.  The survey is kindly sponsored by the Formartine Community Planning Partnership.
 

Question Title

* 1. If your dog was to poo while out walking in which of the following areas would you 'pick-up'?

  Always Sometimes Never I don't walk here
Path/walkways
Rough grass at the side of path
Public park
Seaside
Riverbank
Woodland
Farmland
Sports or playing fields
Nature reserve

Question Title

* 2. In the last few years would you say dog fouling in public places has

Question Title

* 3. Increased dog fouling is a result of:

  Very likely Quite likely Neither likely or unlikely Quite unlikely Very unlikely
Increase in dog walking
Lack of enforcement of dog fouling law
Lack of support for responsible dog walking
Lack of litter/dog poo bins

Question Title

* 4. If your dog poos while out walking and there are no litter bins nearby which ONE of the following actions would you most likely consider taking?

Question Title

* 5. In addition to lack of bins, what do think you is the reason walkers sometimes discard filled poo bags?

  Highly likely Likely Neither likely or unlikely Unlikely Highly unlikely
Embarrassment at carrying dog poo
Unpleasant odour
Awkward to carry poo bags for any distance
Store them for later pick-up but forget
Misplace stored bags for later pick-up

Question Title

* 6. How important are the following reasons for 'picking up' after your dog?

  Very important Quite important Neither important or unimportant Quite unimportant Very unimportant
It's the right thing to do
Helps keep the environment clean and tidy
Helps reduce the spread of disease amongst farm animals
Helps reduce the incidence of Toxicara canis, a parasite that can cause blindness in humans
To avoid a £80 fixed penalty notice
Avoids confrontation with the general public and other dog walkers
Helps to reduce local authority clean up costs

Question Title

* 7. In Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire, the Councils, in partnership with dog owners have set up Green Dog Walkers' groups (GDW) as a friendly way to encourage more dog owners to clean up after their dog(s). Members pledge to:
  • clean up after their dog
  • carry extra dog waste bags
  • be happy to be approached to provide a dog waste bag to those without
  • be a friendly reminder to other dog walkers to clean-up after their dogs.
How interested would you be in joining a GDW group?

Question Title

* 8. If you are not interested in becoming a member of a GDW group, what is the reason?

  Likely Not likely Neither likely nor unlikley N/A
There is no GDW group close to where I live and walk my dog
I prefer to do my own thing as a green dog walker
I prefer to do my own thing but not as a green dog walker

Question Title

* 9. Some dog walkers join their local GDW group Facebook Page but do not sign a written pledge.  Why do think this is the case?

  Very important Quiet important Neither important or unimportant Quite unimportant Very unimportant
I didn't realise it was an important part of of becoming a member
I support the objectives and values but do not wish to sign a written pledge
It is too much bother to print off, sign and return a written pledge
N/A I'm not a GDW group member

Question Title

* 10. Some GDW Group members do not promote the scheme to other dog walkers.  What do you think are the possible reasons?

  Highly likely Quite likely Neither likely nor unlikely Quite unlikely Very unlikely
To avoid possible confrontation, e.g. when witnessing fouling
Reluctance to have promotional material on your dog, e.g. GDW dog collars
Reluctance to wear GDW branded clothing yourself, e.g GDW snood
Not wishing to appear to impose GDW values on others
Not wishing to be approached for spare dog poo bags
Personal safety concern about approaches from people you do not know

Question Title

* 11. What measures could be introduced to encourage responsible dog walking?

  Very helpful Quite helpful Neither helpful nor unhelpful Quite unhelpful Very unhelpful
Awareness & education programmes targeted at dog owners
Environmental education & health projects in schools
Additional support materials to encourage responsible dog walking, e.g. free 'Dickey' bags to store poo bags while out walking
More and/or better siting of litter/dog poo bins
Financial incentives & rewards (e.g. discount on pet insurance for membership of  GDW group)
Non-financial incentives & rewards (e.g accreditation schemes for dog owners and carers)
Other

Question Title

* 12. 'Community Payback' is an approach that might be applied to dog walkers who don't clean up. In addition to a £80 fixed penalty, owners would be required to contribute a number of unpaid hours cleaning up dog fouling in their local area. Currently there is no provision in law. Do you support such a measure being introduced?

Question Title

* 13. One English local authority is piloting DNA profiles of dogs obtained using a mouth swab and matching this to DNA obtained from dog poo to detect and fine owners. The cost of obtaining the DNA using a swab is £25 per dog payable by the owner. The cost of the DNA test on the dog poo would be £85 payable by the dog owner responsible for the fouling.  However, at the moment the scheme is entirely voluntary and only those owners who volunteer their dogs are screened.  Would you support such a scheme if it was proposed as a voluntary scheme in Scotland?

Question Title

* 14. Would you support a proposal to introduce compulsory DNA profiling of all dogs, maybe as part of micro-chipping which is now mandatory.

Question Title

* 15. What can be done to better enforce the law on dog fouling?

  Strong support Some support Neither support or no support Little support No support Don't know
More patrols by dog wardens, targeting problem areas
More fixed penalty notices issued
Prioritise local authority resources to employ more dog wardens
Use of remote sensing detection methods, e.g. CCTV, camera traps, DNA profiling
Increased reporting of irresponsible dog owners by the public

Question Title

* 16. What is your gender?

Question Title

* 17. What is your age band?

Question Title

* 18. Your background

Question Title

* 19. How often do you walk your dog(s)?

Question Title

* 20. On average how far do you walk your dog each time you are out and about?

Question Title

* 21. Do you combine dog walking with any other activity?

Question Title

* 22. How do you usually walk with your dog(s)?

Question Title

* 23. Where in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire do you most commonly walk your dog(s)? Please identify this area, e.g. Bridge of Don, Newburgh, Ellon etc

Question Title

* 24. Please share any further thoughts or suggestions below

Question Title

* 25. For those wishing to enter the prize draw for completed returns, please provide your telephone number or email address.

T