Is my dog safe around sheep?

Lambing season is well under way and it's very important that we keep our dogs under control, to protect livestock.

Pregnant Ewe

Even if your dog has great recall and walks perfectly off lead, dogs can behave differently and become excitable when around livestock.  So it's best to keep them on a lead just to be safe, as its vital to understand that an attack on livestock even though unintentional, could result in your dog being shot - which nobody wants to happen.

Keep dogs on lead around livestock

Whilst out on walks it's best to look out for signage about livestock in fields, so that you can ensure that you and your dog are prepared.

If you can see Sheep ahead, or if you think you may come across them on your walk, keep your dog on a short lead. While there’s no general law in the UK, requiring you to keep your dog leashed, it will give you peace of mind that they will be unable to chase.

Responsible dog ownership

Try not passing between adult sheep and their lambs, it could cause them to act aggressively to protect their young.  A frightened sheep can appear very exciting to an otherwise calm dog, so it's always important to err on the side of caution.

It's a great idea to plan ahead before walking in the countryside.  You can take out some tasty treats as a distraction to keep your dog focused on you.

It's also a great idea to regularly practice a controlled sit, at a safe distance from sheep, and reward your dog for calm behaviour.

Control your dog during lambing season
You can find more information on dog safety around livestock in this lovely article from Dogs Trust - here
Lambing season
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