A local authority has scrapped its proposals for dog control orders after accusing the public of misinterpreting its plans.
Sandwell Borough Council said it halted a public consultation on the measures yesterday amid misplaced concerns that dogs were to be banned from all of its parks.
Some of the proposals which have confused dog owners relate to the number of dogs they are allowed to be in control of at one time and whether their pets should be kept on leads at all times.
Derek Rowley, council cabinet member for community safety, said responses to the consultation received so far had shown that many people had misunderstood the authority's plans.
In a statement, Mr Rowley said: "We are therefore withdrawing the proposed orders so we can look in greater detail at this.
"In the meantime, there is no point continuing with the current consultation."
Sandwell had been consulting with the public on a range of proposed dog control orders, which are available to local authorities nationally under new legislation.
Mr Rowley added: "Our aim has always been to tackle problems caused by the minority of irresponsible dog owners that result in complaints to us about dogs roaming free and dog fouling.
"However, we recognise that there has been misunderstanding in what we were asking people to comment on.
"For example, some people interpreted that we wanted to exclude dogs completely from all the borough's parks. That was never the case.
"We acknowledge that there has been misinterpretation, which is why we have withdrawn the current proposals and consultation so we can look at this in more detail," he added.
But Nigel Slater, a Kennel Club judge, who owns and trains four border collies in Sandwell with his wife Sue, said the council's wording was at fault and not the dog owners.
"You can only interpret what you can read. I have a copy of the first proposals, where they put on the website the wording 'dog exclusion orders'," he said. "Well what are you supposed to think?"
A spokeswoman for the Kennel Club said one of its dog owners' groups - KC Dog - had lobbied against the new regulations. The group was "delighted" that the council had withdrawn its proposals "until the drafting of them can be improved", the spokeswoman added.
She urged the council to take part in consultation with the group.