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British Wildlife 34.7 June 2023

Beware the dog: the ecological and environmental impacts of pet dogs

The number of pet dogs in the UK is higher than ever before; what are the implications of this on wildlife and the wider countryside? Stephen Harris discusses the associated impacts of dog ownership, such as disturbance and pollution, and the potential ways that these could be reduced.    

In 1988, I worked on a BBC film called The wolf in your living room, produced by Mike Beynon and narrated by the renowned etholo­gist Desmond Morris. The aim was to show that domestic dogs were fundamentally still Wolves.

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