Dog walking is one of the main reasons why many people visit the outdoors. Research shows that about 48% of all visits made by adults to the Scottish countryside also involve a dog.
Dog walking can add to people’s enjoyment of the outdoors and to their wider appreciation of nature and landscapes. It can also boost both physical and mental health and well-being.
But issues to do with the proper control of dogs are among the problems most often cited by land managers. Dealing with dog-related access issues can also be time consuming for access authorities.
This guidance for land managers and access officers sets out:
- dog walkers’ rights and responsibilities
- local approaches to encourage responsible dog walking
- management options for dog fouling, sheep worrying, and other disturbance by dogs
Its overall aim is to support both responsible access by dog walkers and responsible management by landowners.