The Countryside Code

Follow these steps when you walk in the country. It will help keep your pet safe, protect the environment, and show you are a responsible dog owner.

When walking your dog over open country and common land, make sure you know if you have right of access. Please follow any official signs.

Make sure you have complete control of your dog so that it does not scare animals or wildlife. Remember – by law, farmers are entitled to destroy a dog that injures or worries their animals.

If a farm animal chases you and your dog, it is safer to let your dog off the lead – don’t risk getting hurt by trying to protect it.

Make sure that your dog doesn’t scare sheep and lambs, or wander where it might disturb birds that nest on the ground and other wildlife – eggs and young will soon die without protection from their parents.

You do not have to put your dog on a lead on public paths, as long as it is under control. It is advisable to keep your dog on a lead if you are unsure of its obedience

Everyone knows how unpleasant dog mess is and it can cause infections, so always clean up after your dog and get rid of the mess responsibly. Also, make sure your dog is wormed regularly to protect it, other animals and people.