Dog Control Law in Scotland: What You Need to Know

With changes in legislation looming, we are once again offering the benefit our popular dog legislation talk, aimed at helping dog owners and professionals understand how the law in Scotland deals with out of control and “dangerous” dogs. This time we are taking the session online in the hope of making it accessible to a wider audience.
The law in Scotland differs to the rest of the U.K. and this special 1.5 hour event will give you everything you need to know about how out of control and potentially dangerous dogs are enacted here. We will be covering both the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 and Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and how they could affect you and your dog.
Regardless of the breed or type of dog you own, it is important to be aware of your responsibilities and how to best ensure that you and your dog remain safe.
This talk is recommended for:
  • Dog owners
  • Dog professionals

Topics Covered:

  • The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (and amendments), action available to authorities and penalties.
  • The Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010, action available to authorities and penalties.
  • Actions available if you or your dog are the victims of an out of control dog.
  • Legislation reviews and potential changes to the law in Scotland (note Scotland may differ from the rest of the U.K.).
  • Q&A.


  • EARLY BIRD (ends Nov 5th): £30
  • Full Price (6th Nov onwards): £35

Venue: Online (Zoom)

About the Speakers: 

River McDonald BSc MSc PGCert CCAB ABTC-ATI is Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist, dog trainer and director of Edinburgh Dog Behaviour Ltd. As an authorised officer under the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 in 2014-2015, River investigated over 500 out of control dog complaints and regularly assisted the Police with Dangerous Dogs Act cases. She is passionate about proactively helping dog owners and professionals understand more about dog behaviour and has worked with thousands of dogs and owners over her 20 year career.

Laura Macleod worked as a local authority Animal Welfare Officer for 11 years, enforcing multiple pieces of animal-related legislation in various capacities from advising members of the public through to training local authority staff, advising the Police and reporting cases for prosecution. She has been involved in numerous government consultations, offering advice during the inception of the current Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act. She recently stepped down after volunteering for 15 years as secretary of the National Dog Wardens' Association (NDWA) Scotland group.


Please note: this is a live event and will not be recorded.