To help make countryside dog walks safer and more stress free for both pet dogs and farm animals, we’ve joined forces with The Kennel Club to give you some best practice advice to encourage responsible dog ownership. We want to help dog owners enjoy the UK’s landscapes while avoiding causing unintentional injury or distress to sheep and cattle.
If you're unlucky enough to be involved with livestock worrying, tell someone. You might not find the farmer but you can drop into a local shop or pub. It's important to get the message to the farmer, so they know as soon as possible and can help the animal.
Watch Jonathan's video to see how sheep worrying can affect the flock and the farmer. Help keep farms like Jonathan's safe by keeping dogs on leads.
Dog attacks cost the UK £1.6 million each year, but the losses are bigger than just money. British farmers invest a lot of time and resources into caring for their animals to make sure their farms have some of the highest welfare standards, and dog attacks undermine all of that.
Hear about the tragic impact a dog attack had on Mat and Chrissy's cows. Lets make sure we keep every animal safe in the countryside and avoid this happening again.
Your dog might be extremely docile and friendly, but we have to remember that farm animals won’t know that. It’s best to keep your dog on a lead and under close control around livestock. Farm animals can be very protective, especially at certain times of the year such as tupping and bulling time when male and female animals are mixing, once animals have become pregnant, or after calves have been born.
Did you know that dog poo can spread disease to farm animals? It’s important to clean up after your dog wherever you are – just bag it and bin it. Any public waste bin will do.
One in six dog owners admitted their pet has escaped from home in a recent survey conducted by NFU Mutual. A significant proportion of attacks are caused by owners who let their dogs roam from homes adjoining the countryside and aren’t aware that they are attacking farm animals. If your dog can access to outdoor space, at home, unaccompanied, check all fences and boundaries are secure.