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Dog walking

Dog walking

Jess the dog

Look out for sheep with their lambs at this time of year. There is specific guidance for dog walkers on the Seasonal Advice pages.

The information below is a short summary of the key things to remember from the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

The Access Code says:

Access rights apply to people walking dogs as long as their dogs are kept under proper control. Your main responsibilities are:

  • Farm animals:
    • Never let your dog worry or attack farm animals.
    • Don't take your dog into fields where there are lambs, calves or other young farm animals.
    • If you go into a field of farm animals, keep your dog(s) on a short lead or under close control and keep as far as possible from the animals.
    • If cattle react aggressively and move towards you, keep calm, let the dog go and take the shortest, safest route out of the field.
  • Crops:
    •  Don't take your dog into fields of vegetables or fruit unless there is a clear path, such as a core path or right of way, and keep your dog to the path.
  • Ground nesting birds:
    • During the breeding season (usually April-July) keep your dog on a short lead or close at heel in areas such as moorland, forests, grasslands, loch shores and the sea shore to avoid disturbing birds that nest on or near the ground.
  • Recreation areas and public places:
    •  avoid causing concern to others by keeping your dog close at heel or on a short lead.
  • Dog waste:
    • Pick up and remove your dog's faeces if it defecates in a public open place.

Download this leaflet for dog owners to find out more:

Scottish Outdoor Access Code leaflet for dog owners

Jess the dog

Other information

This leaflet from the British Horse Society Scotland has some very useful advice on how to stay safe with your dog around horses.