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Walkies time! Your guide to Safe and Happy Dog Walks

The best part of your dog's day is when it's time for walkies, so make sure it's as enjoyable and safe as possible with our practical guide. We've included tips for all types of walk so no matter where your holiday adventures take you, you'll be protecting your dog as well as the countryside and wildlife all around.

Step into the countryside

Step into the countryside

Britain is a natural wonderland offering amazing landscapes in which to exercise your pooch, just remember to:

  • Always have your dog in sight and keep an eye on what they're doing - they can get into mischief and eat things they really shouldn't! If you're not confident they'll return on command then it's best to keep them on a lead.

  • Between 1 March and 31 July many birds lay eggs on the ground and lambing will be taking place too, so throughout this time you may need to keep your dog on a lead more often - just look for the signs!

  • As lovable as your dog is they can make people afraid, especially young children, so it's best to keep them on a lead in playgrounds, parks and gardens or anywhere there are lots of people.

  • Picking up after your dog is the worst part of any walk it's true, but it can carry diseases that can effect humans and wildlife. So be responsible and always bag it and bin it.

Animal Avoidance

As you explore the beautiful British countryside you'll often come face-to-face with livestock, just remember:

  • When you meet cattle try to find a route around them, if you can't, then walk steadily by them with your dog on a short lead and try not to come between cows and their calves.

  • Cows are inquisitive and may follow you. If they do give chase and you feel you're at risk, unclip the lead to allow your dog to get away separately.

  • It's natural for dogs to want to chase sheep, lambs and other animals, but it can be devastating, putting not only you and your dog at risk but the life and welfare of the animal and any offspring or unborn. So keep your dog on a short lead whenever you're near livestock.

  • Avoid fields with fruit or vegetables unless there's a clear path for you to wander through it.

Animal Avoidance
Dog running on the beach

A day at the seaside

There's nothing more magical than seeing your dog paddle in the sea and run around on golden sands - they love it! Just keep these things in mind:

  • There are often restrictions on beaches, some only accept dogs in winter months, some may have lead restrictions, while others don't accept our four-legged friends at all. It's always best to check ahead to avoid a wasted journey.

  • Not all dogs are great swimmers, some breeds like corgis and pugs can really struggle. If your dog isn't used to swimming then the sea isn't the best place for them to start learning.

  • Seabirds may be nesting on the ground especially during breeding season, so you might need to keep your dog on a lead to avoid disturbing them.

  • Keeping your pooch on a lead is also wise whenever you're near cliff tops.

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