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Take the lead in countryside safety this spring

Take the lead in countryside safety this spring


The start of British Summer Time signals an end to dark nights and dreary days with lighter evenings to look forward to over the coming weeks. Spring is well and truly in the air, and there’s no better time to get out and about and explore the great British countryside with family and friends… especially the four-legged variety!

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Dog walkers are some of the biggest fans of the great outdoors, but there are some things to bear in mind when exploring with man’s best friend. To help, we’ve teamed up with The Kennel Club to provide you with some tips to help make sure we can all enjoy the countryside safely. Help spread the word by sharing our poster on social media, or printing it off and displaying it on your local community noticeboard or village shop.


  1. Did you know that your dog can scare or harm farm animals? With more than 6million ewes due to give birth to lambs this spring, make sure you use a lead around livestock. In the unlikely event you are chased by cattle, release your dog so you can both get to safety separately.
  2. Help keep your pet and farm animals healthy by following your vet’s advice on worming.
  3. Dog poo can spread disease to farm animals, so it’s important to bag it and bin it especially in the countryside. Any bin will do.
  4. Cows can be nosey, protective of their young and may follow you. It’s best to stay calm and walk quickly and quietly around the herd. Re-join the footpath as soon as you can.
  5. Find out more about The Kennel Club and their Good Citizen Dog training scheme.


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