Danielle Easen Dog Warden
Danielle Easen is one of our Dog Wardens at Adur & Worthing Councils. She joined the team in September 2021 and, along with her teammate Michael Barnard, looks out for the welfare of dogs in the area.
Dealing with stray dogs, investigating dog-related complaints, enforcement of laws and regular patrolling of parks, streets and other open spaces within Adur and Worthing are some of Danielle's responsibilities.
Danielle has a four-legged friend of her own called Billy and in her spare time enjoys taking Billy for long walks in the woods and at the beach. She also enjoys spending time outdoors with her horses.
You can read Danielle's current blog posts on this page below:
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With Easter behind us, there are certain changes to the rule on bringing dogs to the beaches in some areas. Through this week's blog, I'm going to provide all the details on the changes below...
From May 1st to September 30th, dogs are banned from certain parts of our beaches. If you do take your dogs onto the restricted areas of the beach during this time, you can be issued with a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice.
Dog exclusion beaches in Adur and Worthing:
Area between Heene Road and Splash Point in Worthing
Area between the two boat launching ramps in Goring
If you are taking your dog to the non-restricted zones of the beach, your pet must be under close control and not be able to cause a nuisance to others. If found to be causing a nuisance, such as jumping on people, stealing picnics, worrying others etc then you can be ordered to put the dog on a lead. Failing to do so can result in a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice.
You must, of course, have to pick up after your dog and dispose of their waste correctly. We want everyone to be able to enjoy our local beaches, including our dogs.
Worthing isn’t alone in restricting dogs on certain beaches. Brighton, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton are a few nearby beaches that also have restrictions.
Myself and my dog Billy love going down to the beach. Our favourite spot is on Brighton Road in Lancing. I think it is great we are able to use this section all-year round.
If you are unsure of the locations you can/cannot take your dog, please check out our Public Space Protection Order Maps on our website:
Photo: Danielle's dog Billie on Worthing beach
Beware of adders
“Adders don't really want to bite you or your dog as that uses up a lot of their energy ...”
I have seen an increasing number of reported adder sightings, particularly in and around the South Downs. Adders are a venomous snake that can be found in a variety of habitats, including grassland, woodlands, heathlands and moorlands. They tend to eat small mammals and some ground nesting birds.
They hibernate between October and March and when they awake from hibernation, they spend a lot of their time basking in the sunshine. You may see them on the footpaths, although more commonly they remain hidden in the bushes.
Adders don't really want to bite you or your dog as that uses up a lot of their energy, but if they feel threatened then they might bite and administer venom. Dogs tend to be bitten on their nose or on their legs, as they are either having a sniff too close or accidentally jump on them.
If your dog is an inquisitive pup, and loves sniffing in bushes and running in the grass, it may be a good idea to keep them on a lead, or under very close control where you can see or anticipate any threat, before an accident occurs.
Symptoms of an adder bite include:
- two puncture marks inside of a swollen area
- acting differently, nervous
- increased heartbeat and breathing rate
- vomiting and drooling
- wobbly walking
If your dog is bitten by an adder, restrict their movement as much as possible and get them to the closest emergency vet, they will assess your dog and can administer an anti-venom.
I am sure most of us are looking forward to an Easter Egg (or two!) this Easter. But it is so important that we keep these well out of reach of our pets. A sweet treat for us can lead to a whole load of health issues for our pets and possibly quite a hit to your bank account!
Some effects of chocolate ingestion by dogs are:
- vomiting and diarrhoea
- increased thirst
- excessive urination
- muscle tremors
- heart failure
- possible death
If your dog does find and ingest chocolate, please call your vet and discuss the next steps.
Some of you may have noticed that the little baby lambs are being born and some may be out in the field with their mothers.
If a dog is caught worrying sheep or if it can be proved that the dog worried sheep, the maximum penalty for the dog owner is a fine of up to £1,000 plus costs. The police also have the powers to 'detain' a dog.
So it really isn't worth the risk of any animals being hurt or distressed. If you see any livestock in the fields, please put your dog on a lead to keep the livestock and your dog safe.
And finally ...
I hope you all have a lovely time, enjoy the sunshine (fingers crossed) and stay safe!
Hi everyone, I hope you have all been enjoying this beautiful weather!
We have been pretty busy with stray dogs recently - thankfully all of them have been reunited with their owners but hardly any had their collar and tag on.
Having a collar and tag on your dog can make all the difference to how quickly you can be reunited. It is so easy for a finder to call the number on their collar and get them back to you. And it’s also a legal requirement for dogs to wear a collar and tag when out and about!
If you usually take your dog’s collar off at home, it may be worth keeping it on if you have guests, are busy in and out of the house or have someone else looking after them for the day.
I understand some people are worried about their dogs having their proper collars on if they are at home alone. An option is to use a ‘breakaway’ collar. These are collars that come off easily if they are snagged on something - a bit like cat collars. They are a lightweight option that can hold a tag to leave on your pet inside the house. This means that if they sneak out of the house, they will still have a tag on.
A breakaway collar shouldn’t be used to walk your dog as it may come off if your dog pulls and they could get into all sorts of trouble, so make sure they wear a regular collar when out and about.
Tags can be costly, especially if you have a dog who likes to lose things! I tend to get my pets tags online and you can find cheaper tags when you do a little bulk buy. It is always good to have spare tags, just in case.
If your dog doesn’t like the jangling sound of the tags, you can get ‘slide on’ tags. These slide onto your dog's collar and sit against the material meaning there isn’t much extra noise.
To eliminate the noise completely, you can get your dog’s collar embroidered with your details.
In addition to having to wear a collar and tag, it’s also a legal requirement (The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015) for all dogs to be microchipped and their owner’s details kept up to date. Chips are so important for reuniting dogs with their owners. If there are any concerns about the owner’s details or to find out if a dog has been reported lost or stolen, we can check the chip to see if there has been anything flagged up. If your dog's chip isn’t registered or up to date it makes it so much harder to track you down and get your dog back.
If you need any help double checking if your dog's microchip is up to date please feel free to get in touch with us and we can help!
Photo: Inka and Lola wearing their collars and tags
Now that the weather is warming up and spring is in the air, there are likely to be more livestock around in rural areas. So, this week I am going to be reminding you of the rules around livestock and dog control.
Livestock are protected from dogs by the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953.
Under this act, it is an offence for a dog to worry livestock, which includes attacking them, chasing them and being out of control (off lead or not under close control) in their presence.
The person in charge of the dog at the time of the offence can be prosecuted and, if found guilty, could have to pay a fine up to £40,000 and/or face up to 12 months imprisonment. So if you decide to walk someone else's dog and they worry any livestock, you will be responsible.
The stress that can be caused by dogs can be very detrimental to livestock. It can cause the females to abort their offspring, cause them to stop producing and, of course, injure them if the animal is physically attacked.
Your dog could not only injure other animals, but they could get very injured themselves. A cow is a lot bigger and heavier than a dog - they could get stomped on or charged at, resulting in a panic which could cause them to injure themselves or run onto a road and cause an accident.
A farmer who feels they have no other options to protect their animals can shoot a dog who is worrying their livestock.
If you see a dog that is worrying livestock, call the police immediately. You can also report it to the Dog Warden team who can offer some advice, but it is the police who prosecute under this legislation.
The best advice I can give is for you to put your dog on a lead when livestock is near - that way you can pass by safely and continue to enjoy the rest of your walk.
I have certainly noticed the beginning of spring approaching. The daffodils are out and the evenings are getting lighter. It is still pretty cold, but on clear days the sun really warms me up!
Springtime usually means there will be new life and new growth. Flowers will start to bloom and baby animals are often born. It also usually means the fields start to dry up a little, which helps limit the seriously muddy dog walks!
In today’s blog post I am going to discuss some of the potential issues that can arise around springtime for our dogs.
Spring flowers - There are some varieties of flowers which aren’t safe for our dogs. Toxic spring flowers include daffodils, lilies, bluebells and azaleas. This is just a few from the list of toxic plants. Daffodils can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy and in more severe cases, dehydration, tremors and seizures. Bluebells can cause similar symptoms and also heartbeat irregularity. If you are worried your dog has eaten a plant/flower that they shouldn’t have, call your vet for advice.
Food - Lots of people participate in the celebration of Easter, this usually includes the gifting of very large chocolate eggs and a delicious feast of food! I am sure that most dog owners know that dogs can’t eat chocolate, but it is important to make sure your guests know not to feed it to your dogs too. Ensure that all uneaten food is stored completely out of reach of your dogs and empty the bins regularly to prevent any little pooches stealing scraps they shouldn’t be having.
Spring cleaning - It can be very rewarding to do a big spring clean of your home, buying lots of new cleaning products and clearing out the big junk drawer (everyone has one!). Obviously cleaning products in general are dangerous and toxic for animals, they could try to eat and drink them. Some products can also cause a reaction to dogs when they are in the air or on the floor. I look for pet safe options when buying new products, ones that are made for pet households or are made from safer ingredients. I also make sure to keep Billy and Wilson (my cat) out of the room if I am washing floors and walls down until completely dry.
Gardening hazards - Springtime usually prompts us to get out into the garden to try to spruce up what has been left from the winter! Planting new flowers, vegetables and putting out new decorations. We often forget to tidy up behind us, meaning there may be easily accessible DIY equipment out which could injure our pets. It is also common for people who have spent all day in and out of the garden to forget to re-bolt the gate at the end of the day and dogs end up escaping.
Creatures - Springtime often means breeding of animals, the reappearance of slugs and snails and encourages the colder blooded of us to come out and bask in the sun. If your dog eats a slug or snail, or chews a toy that they are hiding on, they could be infected with Lungworm. Lungworm can become quite a serious problem if left untreated, the worms migrate to the dogs heart and then start to reproduce. They can cause heart problems, lung problems and pneumonia. To prevent this, talk to your vet about the best options. They may be rare, but Adders could also pose a risk to your dog. Adders are the only poisonous native snake to the UK. They can grow to around 50cm-60cm and have a black/brown zigzag pattern with a V shape just before their heads. They can be found in different environments (around the countryside) but if you spot one they will usually be minding their own business or sunbathing! It is pretty rare to be bitten by an Adder as they tend to only bite if provoked (trodden on or wound up). If your dog gets bitten by an adder, please get to a vet ASAP.
As always, when it comes to the health of our pets, qualified vets are in the best position to advise on medical treatment. So, if you are ever worried about your pets, get in contact with them as soon as you can.
Photo: Our Dog Warden Danielle on a walk with Maiya
This week's blog post contains some exciting news - a brand new dog agility park.
Some of you may have already seen the newest addition to Halewick Park in Lancing. The Place & Activation team has been working very hard to design and build the new Doggy Adventure Playground (DAP). Depending on the success of this area, we may be looking at implementing more DAPs around Adur and Worthing.
The first phase of equipment includes:
- an adventure playhouse
- weave posts
- a hoop jump
- a balance beam
- pole jumps
- a sloped bench
The equipment has been made from durable recycled plastics, which are low maintenance and long-lasting. The creation of this equipment has saved thousands of milk cartons from ending up in landfill sites, due to them being repurposed to make our agility park furnishings.
The park has been built using Capital Funding and has been through consultation with the relevant members and with Sompting and Lancing Parish Councils.
There is some seating at Halewick Park, but with the building of the new DAP we are hoping to get even more added so people can spend more time watching the dogs have fun. It is becoming a great place for all of the family to visit - with the children's park, new dog agility equipment and of course the Downs to explore.
The Doggy Adventure Playground is now available for all to use, but the welcome sign may have a slight delay on installation.
Billy and I have already been down to check out some of the equipment, which we think is great! It is accessible for most dogs - there are ramps to help your dog get onto things and the jumps are an achievable height for most breeds. Billy enjoyed the multiple levels and boxes that are part of the adventure playhouse.
The equipment has been designed with little slats, which make it a lot less slippery - great for when it is wet, for older dogs and dogs that like to do everything at 100mph!
I really enjoyed our time there and I think this is an excellent addition to Adur & Worthing land. I really hope that there will be more of these DAPs built in our area in the future.
I would like to say a special thank you to everyone that has been involved in the process of building our first Doggy Adventure Playground. This includes:
- Economy team - for their hard work in bringing this idea to life
- Members of the Sompting Ward - for their enthusiasm and input into the project
- Dragon Sport and Play - who supplied and installed the equipment
- Parks Team - for allowing the equipment to be placed in their area
Following on from last week's blog post regarding the spaying of your female dogs, this week is all about neutering your male dogs.
As I said last week, these are generalised benefits and, of course, every dog is different. If you have any questions regarding your dog, please have a chat with your vet as I’m sure they can advise you on the best option.
The surgical neutering of a male dog is the complete removal of the testicles. Whereas, the chemical neutering of a male involves the insertion of a hormonal implant. This works by altering the amount of testosterone and only lasts for a certain length of time before it needs to be renewed.
- Reduces the risk of some cancer. The removal of the testicles removes the chances of the dog developing testicular cancer and reduces the risk of other cancers like prostate and some anal tumors.
- Removes the chances of accidental breeding. When it comes to dogs and mating, they don't care whether it is with their mum, sister, cousin or geriatric grandmother!
- Reduces the want to roam. Male dogs are often trying to sneak out of their house to go and find local in-season females. This increases their chances of being run over, lost or even stolen.
- Can help reduce some unwanted behaviours. Males can develop some behavioural problems when they aren't neutered. Inappropriate scent marking, humping objects and some aggression issues can be linked to unneutered dogs (along with other factors).
- Has been linked to a longer lifespan.
- Depending on the nature of the dog, the reduction of testosterone may cause a nervous dog to become more anxious. If your dog is a nervous boy, talk to your vet about your options. The chemical implant may be a good option to start with. If he has this and his behaviour is okay, then you can go ahead with the full neuter. If the behaviour does deteriorate, it should return to normal once the implant has worn off.
- Neutering too young can cause issues. If a male is neutered too young, it can cause some developmental problems.
- Reduced metabolism. Like females, once dogs are neutered they are more likely to put on weight. It is important to monitor their diet and exercise levels to prevent any issues.
- Undergoing surgery. Although it is a commonly done procedure, dogs do still need to be anesthetised to have an operation, which carries some risks.
I hope these blog posts have encouraged you to have a chat to your vet to see if neutering/spaying your dog is right for you!
And lastly, happy Valentine's Day for yesterday from me (Danielle), Billy and one of his little foster friends Cindy Lou!
Photo: Bruce, and Bruce (Billy's dad) with puppy Billy
There is often debate on whether to spay/neuter your dogs. Today I am going to discuss some of the benefits that come with spaying your female dog. And next week I will cover the neutering of males.
These are generalised benefits and, of course, every dog is different. If you have any questions regarding your dog, please have a chat with your vet, as I'm sure they can advise you on the best option.
Spaying is the removal of the reproductive organs in a female dog. There are two types of spay which are performed by a vet: ovariohysterectomy (most commonly done) and ovariectomy.
An ovariohysterectomy is the removal of both the uterus and ovaries, whereas an ovariectomy only removes the ovaries. Personally, I would always opt for the first spay, which removes both parts due to the increased benefits for my dog.
- Prevention of dogs coming into oestrus (heat/season). Depending on the breed and individual this is usually twice a year and is the time that a female dog is able to get pregnant. They tend to drip bleed for a number of days (average about 10). Some females keep themselves clean whilst others can make quite a mess.
- Less likely to want to run off and find a mate during their season. It is very normal for a female dog in season to want to be closer to males. They tend to be a lot more 'flirty' as their hormones are very different to usual. Even a very well trained dog will have to try very hard to resist temptation in looking for a mate.
- Less likely to be pestered by male dogs. The smell of an in season female is near enough irresistible for a male dog. As you probably know, dogs have an excellent sense of smell and can smell an in season girl from a good distance away. Males may be less responsive to their owners or could even escape their homes to try to get to your female, which could lead to a wide range of issues. Dogs also don't care if the in season female is their mum/sister/cousin, so you need to be extra careful with all dogs near your girl.
- Elimination of unwanted pregnancy. There should be a lot of consideration before breeding your dog. You are required to have a licence from your local authority in order to breed dogs (I will discuss this in another blog post). Dogs that are being bred from should be appropriately health tested, have a stud that is also health tested and then consider how you are going to raise and home the puppies. Breeding can be quite a costly process especially if something goes wrong - like the mother dog needs a C-section or gets a painful infection like mastitis (infection of the mammary glands).
- Removes the potential stress of a phantom pregnancy for your dog. Some dogs suffer from a 'false pregnancy'. The change in hormones in their body due to them being in season can sometimes trigger this. The female's body can begin to mimic the signs of a real pregnancy, both physically and behaviourally. I have seen a female dog actually produce milk ready for puppies even though she wasn't pregnant! It can be quite a confusing and stressful process for a dog to go through, which is preventable by spaying.
- Removal of the uterus completely prevents pyometra. Pyometra is a very serious internal infection in a dog's womb. It causes the womb to fill with pus and can lead to blood poisoning, kidney failure, peritonitis and, if not caught and treated quickly, it can lead to death. The PDSA website includes more information on Pyometra (infected womb). including signs and symptoms to look out for.
- Removes the chances of uterine and ovarian cancers in dogs.
- Aids prevention of mammary cancers (breast cancer) in females.
As with every procedure there are possible disadvantages:
- Lowers a dog's metabolism. This means spayed dogs are more prone to weight gain so their diet and exercise need to be adjusted accordingly.
- Spaying before maturity could interfere with behaviour development.
- Spaying a large dog before she is fully grown has been linked to potential knee injuries.
- Can cause some urinary incontinence in middle-aged and older dogs.
- General risks of undergoing any surgery.
In my opinion, the benefits of spaying your female dogs definitely outweigh the possible disadvantages, but as I stated before if you have any concerns you should chat with your primary vet to decide what is best for your dog.
This week I will finish up my introduction to Adur & Worthing Councils' Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs).
I thought it was really important to bring these into the blog to raise awareness and I am sure I will be referring to them during different subjects throughout the year.
The last two are Dog Exclusion Areas & Number of Dogs Allowed.
The Dogs Exclusion:
This Order states there are certain areas within Adur and Worthing that dogs are not allowed to go. This includes:
- Children's play area
- Highdown Gardens
- Heene Terrace
- 1st May - 30th September - beach ban from Splash Point (end of Warwick Road) to Heene Road.
- 1st May - 30th September - beach ban between the 2 boat launching ramps in Goring
- Bowling green
- Croquet lawn
- Tennis court
- Skate park
- Cycling enclosure
It also includes other areas where the Council has placed signs stating dogs cant enter.
These areas need dogs to be kept off for multiple reasons. Dogs tend to urinate and defecate when they are on their walks, if the dog does this in a sporting area, someone may roll their ball through it and end up with it on their hands or clothes! Dogs can pose a health risk to people and themselves at skateparks and cycling enclosures too, if they run out in front of someone they could fall over/get squashed!
Kids tend to be very noisy and fast paced when playing in the park, this can really stress some dogs out which could cause a large amount of potential dangers for both the children and your pets. Dogs could also foul in a children's park and there is a much higher chance that a child will touch the area and then put their hands in their mouth and contract germs!
The Dogs (Specified Maximum):
This Order states that six dogs is the maximum that can be walked by one person at a time. This applies in both Adur and Worthing and applies to all public land within the Councils' boundaries.
This number doesn't change if the dogs are your own pet dogs, you are a commercial dog walker or you are taking care of your friends' dogs!
I hope that this run through of our Public Space Protection Orders has been informative for you and has helped refresh what we all us dog owners need to do to help keep our community clean and safe.
Page last updated: 06 May 2022