Responsible Dog Walking

Apply common sense and good manners!

  • Your dog must always be under your control whether it is on or off the lead.
  • Pick up after your dog – dog pooh is not only unpleasant to step in it can also cause illness and disease. Do not leave the pooh bag beside the path, put it in a bin.
  • Never walk your dog off the lead next to a road – however well behaved they are it only takes a cat or squirrel on the other side of the road to distract them and even if they have an immediate recall it might be too late.
  • Only walk your dog off the lead if it has an immediate recall.
  • Only walk your dog off the lead where it is safe and allowed.
  • Respect signs asking you to keep your dog on the lead.
  • If you cannot see your dog, it is not under your control.
  • Do not let your dog run off out of sight.
  • Do not let your dog chase deer or other animals.
  • If you are entering a field with livestock put your dog on a lead. Even if it is well behaved and does not worry sheep or cattle your dog could be distracted by something else, e.g. a rabbit. A farmer might shoot a dog if it is amongst livestock.
  • Remember not everyone likes dogs, some people are afraid of them.
  • Remember small children and elderly people can be knocked over easily – do not let your dog jump up.
  • Remember other people without dogs might be walking and do not want a dog running up to them or jumping on them.
  • You should not let your dog jump up on anyone.
  • Respect other dog walkers – if they ask you to put your dog on a lead they will have a good reason for asking, please oblige. If they put their dog on a lead again there will be a good reason so do not let your dog run up to it and preferably also put your dog on the lead until you have passed each other.
  • Respect other dogs – young and boisterous dogs may run up to other dogs and while they may only want to play younger dogs can be intimidated and older dogs irritated. A young dog’s boisterous behaviour may be met with aggression by another dog, this is not the other dog’s fault if the young dog has pounced on it. The young dog will learn the lesson if it gets bitten but the situation can be avoided altogether.
  • If you meet cyclists, horse riders or runners recall your dog, put it on the lead and let them pass.
  • Do not allow your dog to go onto frozen ponds, canals or rivers and NEVER follow the dog or try to rescue it without assistance.