Advice for dog walkers when out in countryside

Advice for dog walkers when out in countryside

Advice for dog walkers when out in countryside

First published in News

THE NFU is reminding dog walkers to be vigilant and responsible when out in the countryside.

The organisation is setting out simple dos and don’ts for members of the public as part of its Love your Countryside campaign, in the wake of several fatalities involving walkers being trampled by cows, while incidents of sheep worrying are on the rise.

NFU livestock board chairman Charles Sercombe said: “When walking with dogs in fields with livestock, the advice is to keep your dog close and under effective control on a lead and not to hang onto your dog if you feel threatened – let it go as the animals will chase the dog, allowing you to stay out of harm’s way. Dogs usually run faster than livestock and this allows the dog to get to safety.”

“Remember that our animals are our livelihood and we can’t risk having them distressed, hurt or killed by dogs with irresponsible owners.”

More information is available at www.nfuonline.com/back-british-farming/love-your-countryside

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11:43am Tue 27 May 14

twotonethomas says...

Of course the keep them under control and on a lead advice doesn't apply to a pack of hounds. Despite plenty of incidents of hounds attacking pets and livestock!

Hypocritical NFU
Of course the keep them under control and on a lead advice doesn't apply to a pack of hounds. Despite plenty of incidents of hounds attacking pets and livestock! Hypocritical NFU twotonethomas
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12:42pm Tue 27 May 14

granny sue says...

Doesn't elaborate about the many people walking on rights of way where cattle are left and the injuries and fatalities that occur. Farmers can't have it all ways.
Doesn't elaborate about the many people walking on rights of way where cattle are left and the injuries and fatalities that occur. Farmers can't have it all ways. granny sue
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