Council staff in Aberdeenshire are being retrained to help hard-pressed dog wardens in the fight against dog fouling.
Council bosses have admitted it has been "very difficult" to enforce dog fouling rules across the north and north-east.
The number of complaints received by Highland Council about dog mess rocketed by 400% last year – but only 14 penalty notices were issued.
Anger as statistics reveal that 80% of dog fouling fines issued in the north-east have not been paid
The north-east’s councils have been accused of making dog fouling fines optional, with more than 80% of those handed out going unpaid.
North-east pupils who are fed up with dog mess on their sports pitches have launched an education campaign to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets.
Highland Council has stepped up patrols in Caithness in a bid to tackle littering, fly-tipping and dog fouling.
Dog wardens have been urged to take on additional patrols in the city’s west end to stop the area being “blighted” by dog waste.
A councillor who campaigns against irresponsible dog walkers is under investigation - for failing to clean up after his own pet.
A north-east woman has been evicted from her home - after repeatedly failing to scoop up her dog's mess.
North-east school pupils, fed up with dog mess on their village streets, are spearheading a campaign to encourage people to clean up after their pets.
Undercover wardens are prowling dog fouling hotspots across Moray amid complaints that some pets have been soiling graves in an Elgin cemetery.
Community wardens in Moray have been going undercover to get tough on dog fouling.
An Aberdeenshire initiative designed to encourage pet owners to clean up dog poo - by spray painting it bright pink - is expanding.
A Moray man who sprayed liquid manure through his former neighbours' letterbox in a late night raid has been fined £700.