Dog poo - bag it and bin it - any public waste bin will do.
Always clean up your dog’s poo because it can cause illness in people, livestock and wildlife.
Never leave bags of dog poo around, even if you intend to pick them up later. Deodorised bags and containers can make bags of dog poo easier to carry. If you cannot find a public waste bin, you should take it home and use your own bin.
The countryside, parks and the coast are great places to exercise your dog but you need to consider other users and wildlife.
Keep your dog under effective control to make sure it stays away from wildlife, livestock, horses and other people unless invited. You should:
Always check local signs as there are situations when you must keep your dog on a lead for all or part of the year. Local areas may also ban dogs completely, except for assistance dogs. Signs will tell you about these local restrictions.
It is good practice wherever you are to keep your dog on a lead around livestock.
On Open Access land and at the coast, you must put your dog on a lead around livestock. Between 1 March and 31 July, you must have your dog on a lead on Open Access land, even if there is no livestock on the land. These are legal requirements.
A farmer can shoot a dog that is attacking or chasing livestock. They may not be liable to compensate the dog’s owner.
Let your dog off the lead if you feel threatened by livestock or horses. Do not risk getting hurt protecting your dog. Releasing your dog will make it easier for you both to reach safety.
Dog poo doesn’t grow on trees
Bag it and bin it. Any public waste bin will do. If you can’t find one, put it in a bin on your way home.
— Natural England (@NaturalEngland) April 29, 2022
Taking your dog out on a country walk this #BankHoliday Monday? 🐶
Be sure to keep them on a lead and leave plenty of space when passing others. It’s also important to be mindful of livestock.
— Natural England (@NaturalEngland) April 18, 2022
Many sheep are welcoming their lambs this time of year, so be mindful when taking your dog for a walk.
— Natural England (@NaturalEngland) April 13, 2022
At this time of year disturbance from dogs can be a real threat to farmers’ livestock.
Pregnant sheep can abort their lambs when distressed.
Dogs should be kept on a short lead to give pregnant sheep plenty of space.
— Natural England (@NaturalEngland) February 5, 2022