We all know that our four-legged friends, or pets of any kind, can bring happiness, company and a way to keep fit. But with dog ownership comes responsibility too.
Graeme Hall, presenter of Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly and regular Countryside columnist has thrown his weight behind the campaign to help educate and remind dog owners of their responsibility when walking near sheep and lambs.
As the days get longer, lockdown restrictions ease and the stay at home order lifts, there is no doubt that we will all be looking forward to venturing further afield and exploring more of the great British countryside.
We’ve all got checklists of things we want to do; have a picnic with a friend, enjoy a drink in the beer garden or spot the signs of spring with sights of new-born lambs. But added to the top of that checklist must be a lead for when walking your dog.
Graeme Hall said “No responsible dog owner wants their dog to cause harm or injury. And the answer to this is simple. Your dog must be kept under control while out walking, and if there is any doubt that sheep are about, put your dog on a short lead."
With sheep and lambs filling the fields, bringing a smile to every walker as they frolic about, it’s vital that dogs are kept on a lead so not to cause harm. By just being loose in their field, a dog can cause a sheep to feel stressed and worried, and few can resist the temptation to run after sheep.
Play your part in keeping sheep and lambs safe this spring
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