The Government have stipulated that it will be illegal to own an XL bully- type dog from February 1st 2024 unless the dog is on an exempt list, called the Index of Exempted Dogs. People who want to keep their dogs have until the end of January 2024 to register them with the exempt list, and will then be forced to comply with strict requirements.
At Go Frolic, we believe it is important that ALL dogs have access to sufficient exercise, and we are happy to accommodate restricted breeds. The key is to manage their use of the field carefully, in a way that is safe and for all. It is hoped our policy will be helpful for the owners of the restricted breeds, but also provide peace of mind to all users of the field. If you have any concerns, please do get in touch with us.
After February 1st, if you are the owner of an XL Bully type dog and wish to use the field, there are a number of additional conditions that you must meet. If you cannot meet the conditions listed below, we are sorry but we cannot accommodate you at Go Frolic. This may appear heavy handed but we are obliged to follow the legal advice given by our insurance providers and take responsibility for the safety of both our customers and the general public.
You must inform us in advance that you are intending to bring an exempted dog by ticking the relevant box on the booking form. Anyone found to be not complying with these conditions will be blocked from use of the field and further steps could be considered, if it is found the law has been broken.
Your dog must be registered with the index of exempted dog (IED) AND hold a public liability insurance certificate.
You will need to provide us with a copy of both these certificates before arriving for your first visit, and have received a receipt of our acknowledgement in return. Please take a clear photograph of the pages of both certificates and email to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
. You may not use the field unless you have obtained our permission in this way. This only needs to happen for the first visit but we may check your public liability cover on an annual basis.
The dog must have been neutered and have a Micro Chip with up to date owner details – in line with Government rules.
Whilst visiting Go Frolic the dog to handler ratio must be a maximum of 1 restricted dog per handler at all times. One handler may not bring two XL bully dogs – two handlers would be required for two dogs of this type. If XL Bully owners have other breeds of dog from the same household it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of your household’s dogs whilst off lead. If there are dogs present from different households, any XL Bully type dog will need to remain muzzled and on a lead at all times.
Owners must ‘lock’ themselves inside the field, by clipping the chained carabiner onto the ring on the gatepost. This will prevent any accidental or unauthorised entry by a third party from the outside. It is essential that the field is secured in this way immediately on arrival, before letting your dogs out of the car. Any dogs arriving on foot must be kept on a lead and muzzled, until the gate is shut and secured, behind them. Once the field gate is secured behind you, you can remove the lead and muzzle. On departure, the dog must be put back on a lead and muzzled before unlocking and opening the gate to leave the field.
- Adherence to the field’s timeslot rules are particularly important. Please ensure you are not early for your timeslot. If you do arrive early you must wait in the Village Hall car park until your timeslot begins. As is standard practice, NEVER attempt to enter the field when there is someone in there already. Any issues in this regard, please all Lucy on 07905 791207. Be sure to have left the field at 55 minutes past the hour to provide the required 5 minute buffer period.
Thank you for your understanding. With these measures in place, everyone should be able to use our facility safely and with peace of mind.