Guidance for dog walkers

1. Dogs on rights of way

There is no legal requirement for dogs to be kept on leads. However dogs should be kept under close control when using public rights of way. This is to ensure they do not scare farm animals, wildlife or other path users.

Under close control means dogs should be either on a fixed lead, walking at heel or have a reliable recall. Dogs should be kept within sight and not be allowed to stray off the path. In some urban areas there may be local bylaws requiring dogs to be on leads. There will be a sign if this is the case.

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