Follow some basic rules, and you and your dog will enjoy some fantastic walks around our area
- Ensure your dog is under effective control which means:
* you have a short lead with you and use it when needed – around livestock, near cliff edges, or where signage requests it for example
* you do not let your dog off the lead unless you keep him in sight and close enough to return to you on command.
- Prevent your dog from approaching horse riders, cyclists or other people and their dogs uninvited.
- Keep your dog with you on paths or access and don’t let him stray on to crops, including fields of grass, fruit or vegetables.
- Never let your dog worry or chase wildlife or livestock. Follow advice on local signs to reduce disturbance to plants and animals.
- Stay safe around farm animals and horses:
* stop, look and listen before entering a field – be aware of animals present
* always keep your dog on a short lead
* find the safest route around animals giving them plenty of space, using paths or access land where possible
* exit the area calmly and quickly if threatened, releasing your dog to make it easier for you both to reach safety.
- Always bag and bin your dog’s poo wherever you are. You can use any public waste bin or your bin at home.
- Never leave bags of dog poo lying around even if you intend to pick them up later. Containers and deodorised bags can make them easier to carry.
- Ensure your details are on your dog’s collar and he is microchipped, so you can be reunited quickly if he is lost.
- Keep your dog’s vaccinations and worming up-to-date. Ask your vet for more information.
- Contact your local authority or look out for signs, to get more information on what to do and where to go in your area.