• Exempt Breeds

    Last updated: January, 04 2024.


    Firstly, we want to make it quite clear that The Bark Park WILL NOT discriminate against any Breed or type and we are here to offer our support to anyone who needs it.

    However, we do have to follow any current and new legislation/law and ensure the policies that The Bark Park are covered by under our own Insurance Company are being adhered to.

    We have now received an update from our Insurers regarding banned breeds. The good news is, once securely in the field (which means you need to LOCK the car park entrance gate once inside) your dog will be able to enjoy a lead & muzzle free session. Please note the ‘*NB’ at the bottom of this page if you have more than one dog within your household. Please also note, you are UNABLE to mix households. As/when DEFRA or our Insurance Company provide further clarity/updates our website & social media will be updated accordingly.

    Whilst 99% of all dog owners care for and train their dogs, we are unfortunately bound by the new regulations and must ensure that you’re adhering to the below:-

    1. The dog is registered with the Index of Exempted Dog (IED) and a copy of the life certificate is obtained and provided to us in the event of a claim.
    2. A copy of the Public Liability Insurance certificate for the dog is obtained and provided to us in the event of a claim.
    3. The dog is Neutered – in line with Government Rules.
    4. The dog is Micro Chipped.

    Therefore, if you own a dog currently on the banned breed list you must follow the requirements as set out below when using The Bark Park – these are our updated Terms and Conditions for using the field with a banned breed and by booking an appointment with us, you’re agreeing to these terms:

    • You must have a Certificate of Exemption.
    • You must have Public Liability Insurance.
    • The gate to the car park MUST be locked from the inside, using the padlock provided.
    • Your dog must be on a lead and muzzled until you are safely within the field.
    • Once the gate is locked, you may remove the lead and muzzle.
    • Dogs MUST be placed back on the lead and muzzled before leaving the field.
    • Dogs on the banned breed list MUST be handled/walked on a 1-2-1 basis by someone 18 years old or over. (Please note the ‘*NB’ at the bottom of this page if you have more than one dog within your household).

     *NB – If the household has more than 1 dog (including more than 1 banned breed dog), they can come to the field together. There is no requirement for an extra handler.

    The new laws are described on the Government website below:

    As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. enquiries@thebarkparkbicester.co.uk