This is a part of the countryside code that we need to champion as dog walkers as it is where we really can make a difference.
Keeping our dogs alongside us is safer for everyone, it means they can’t get lost or into a dangerous situation. Control means something different for everyone, but it is important to remember that however friendly your dog is, other animals may not be, and they could still be disturbing wildlife. A good recall is a must and making sure your dog can walk on a long line or loose lead means you can still have an engaging walk while maintaining a safe amount of control.
We all know about the dog poo problem – it’s just as annoying for most of us! Unfortunately, dog waste leaches damaging nutrients into the soil and, as a dog loving nation, we have so many dogs that these are reaching dangerous levels causing harm to wildlife, so we all need to work together to do something about it.