Some Information and Advice
Owners should know how their dog will behave when coming across people and animals it is not familiar with however everybody who has a dog will know that sometimes they can be irrational creatures and as the woods attracts more users it becomes more likely that you will come across a dog or group of dogs that might cause you some disquiet, or that yours will display some behaviours that you had not previously experienced.
The following advice outlines your responsibilities as a dog owner
- Dog owners are responsible for ensuring that their dogs are kept under proper control so as not to cause a nuisance or a danger to people or other animals.
- If your dog is aggressive or hard to control then in order to prevent it harming or annoying other people or their animals you should consider keeping it on a lead and muzzling it if necessary.
- It is essential to get your dog trained and to follow any recommendations made by your vet.
Should you have an unfortunate experience you should be aware of the following
Where a dog is dangerously out of control and has injured someone, or behaves in a way that makes a person worried it may injure them, you should to contact Thames Valley Police or dial 101. All police services should have a dog liaison officer who will be able to advise you.
It is a matter of Law that if two dogs not on leads fight they are both considered to be out of control.
Should your dog or pet be attacked by another dog this will be a civil matter between you and the owner concerned
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