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Taking the Lead - Advice for land managers to encourage responsible dog walking

Dog walkers allowing their dogs to worry livestock or leave dog dirt behind are problems many farmers and land owners struggle with every day.  Scottish Land & Estates, NFU Scotland, the Kennel Club and the Scottish Kennel Club have been working with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to develop “Taking the Lead”, a set of guidance, case studies and information sheets on various ways to encourage dog walkers to behave responsibly on farms, estates and crofts. 

Anne Gray, Policy Officer with Scottish Land & Estates commented “A variety of problems related to dog-walking are reported to me every year.  These issues range from people not picking-up after their dog has gone to the toilet to dogs disturbing livestock, game birds or wildlife.  We hope this guidance will give landowners, farmers and other land managers helpful tips on how to manage dog-walking on their land in a positive and effective way.  We want everyone to have a good experience of being out and about in the countryside.  To achieve this sometimes requires forethought in term of how messages are communicated and how the right behaviour is encouraged.  “Taking the lead” will help with developing these positive approaches.”    

To download the ‘Taking the Lead’ guidance, case studies and information sheets, go to


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