Bringing your dog
Every year millions of dogs – local and visitors - enjoy the National Park with owner in tow and who can blame them for taking the lead. There’s such great exploring to be done and many dog-friendly establishments.
But it’s no walk in the park - the safety and enjoyment of every dog and its family is important when out and about.
What to know:
Many ground nesting birds are easily disturbed by inquisitive dogs and fly away leaving the nest vulnerable. From March to July use a short lead.
Stiles provide a barrier to animals. Dogs might have to learn how to use them or be lifted over – they can fall and hurt themselves.
Poo – bag it and bin it! Toxocariasis can be passed via waste to other dogs and people, and even into the soil.
Not everyone likes dogs – be considerate and keep your dog on a lead when passing others.
Dogs must be kept under control at heel or better still on a lead around livestock – after all, your dog could be shot for disturbing or chasing farm animals. If chased by livestock, it is safer to drop the lead and get out of the field.
The limestone scenery is spectacular but there are many hazards to consider such as caves, limestone pavement and sink holes which are easy for dogs to fall down – stick to the paths.
Watch out for instructional signage on gates and posts, call into a National Park Centre for more advice (dogs welcome).