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Paws on Dartmoor

Address Dartmoor National Park Authority
Bovey Tracey
TQ13 9JQ
Telephone 01822 890414

Short Description

Dartmoor welcomes responsible dog owners.

Long Description

The campaign 'Paws on Dartmoor' has been developed in response to the increasing number of incidents involving uncontrolled dogs and livestock but will also provide advice to dog owners on canine health issues associated with taking your dog onto Dartmoor.

The key messages are:

* Dartmoor welcomes responsible dog owners
* Your dog doesn't know any better - please make sure you do
* Always control your dog, so that it does not scare or disturb cattle, sheep or ponies
* When walking your dog on Dartmoor, please keep it on a short lead during the lambing and bird breeding season (1 March – 31 July)
* Regular worming of your dog keeps it healthy and protects Dartmoor's livestock
* Please ensure that you clear up after your dog and dispose of poo bags responsibly

Many visitors and local people exercise their dogs when enjoying Dartmoor. Although a dog may not be actively chasing livestock, its presence can still cause disturbance. During the lambing season pregnant ewes are particularly vulnerable. A frightened animal may abort or abandon its young – a tragedy for the animal and a financial loss to the farmer.

Countryside access with your dog

* On a public right of way your dog should be under effective, close control.
* On most areas of open access land or common land your dog should be on a short fixed lead of no more than 2 metres between 1 March and 31 July and all year round near farm animals.
* If a farm animal chases you, then it is safer to let your dog off the lead – don't risk getting hurt trying to protect it.
* At certain times, dogs may not be allowed on some areas of access land or may need to be kept on a lead. Please follow any official signs.
* Always clean up after your dog and dispose of any mess responsibly.
* Make sure your dog is regularly wormed to protect it, other people and farm animals

Tick advice for dog owners

Ticks are parasites that potentially carry harmful diseases. They are particularly common during spring and autumn, so check your dog for ticks every day after each walk.