Wherever you go, following these steps will help keep your pet
safe, protect the environment, and show you are a responsible dog
- Control your dog so that it does not scare or disturb farm
animals or wildlife.
- When using the new access rights over open country and common
land, you must keep your dog on a short lead between 1 March and 31
July - and all year round near farm animals - and you may not be
able to take your dog at all on some areas or at some times. Please
follow any official signs.
- You do not have to put your dog on a lead on public paths, as
long as it is under close control. But as a general rule, keep your
dog on a lead if you cannot rely on its obedience. By law, farmers
are entitled to destroy a dog that injures or worries their
- 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
- Take particular care 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.
- 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.
You can also
find out more about these rules from here or, if you have a
particular query, email email@example.com
or call 0845 100 3298.