Dog walking is the single most popular countryside activity with walking with a dog accounting for 51% of all visits to the natural environment (Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment, 2011–2012 Survey).
Hampshire County Council has been working in partnership with the Kennel club and others since 2005, carrying out research and producing guidance to assist public an private landowners and land mangers in minimising the impacts of dogs in the countryside. This has been a positive approach which recognised the many benefits of walking with dogs and the value that dog walkers bring to the countryside.
All the research reports can be downloaded along with the following guidance documents:
Taking the Lead
A good practice guide that aims to provide public sector land managers with some thoughts and ideas to try on their own sites.
Dogs on your land
A guidance note for those managing private land such as farms and nature reserves with public access. It clarifies the legal situation and provides some practical information on how to reduce the impacts of walkers with dogs .
Planning for Dog Ownership in New Developments 2 MB
This shows how good housing and greenspace design can support the benefits of dog ownership, while also reducing any conflicts with neighbours, wildlife and local farmers.