Information for Dog Walkers
Fife’s extensive pathways, coast and open space provide plenty for dogs to sniff, bark and play around in.
While walking with your dog is great fun and good for your health and wellbeing please remember that you are responsible for your dog’s behaviour at all times and please make sure you know your Outdoor Access Code for Dog Owners.
We encourage you to follow our quick and easy Dog Walker’s code:
• Always pick up dog mess and take it away with you or drop it in a nearby bin.
BEACHES, PARKS AND PUBLIC PLACES
• Avoid causing concern to others by keeping your dog close at heel or on a short lead.
• Please only take your dog off the lead if it can be effectively controlled and you are confident other site users will not be concerned by you dog.
• If you're a dog walker or own a lot of dogs, please follow common advice and don't walk more than four at a time.
• Heading to the coast you will find plenty of beaches that welcome dogs; for further information on dog friendly beaches throughout Fife click here.
GROUND NESTING BIRDS
• During the breeding season (usually April-July) keep your dog on a short lead or close at heel in areas such as moorland, forests, grasslands, loch shores and the sea shore to avoid disturbing birds that nest on or near the ground.
• Please also be aware that many parts of the Fife Coast form vital feeding and roosting grounds for important populations of shore birds throughout the year. These birds need peace to rest and feed so please keep your pet at a distance to avoid unnecessary disturbance.
• Never let your dog worry or attack farm animals.
• If you go into a field of farm animals, keep your dog(s) on a short lead or under close control and keep as far as possible from the animals.
• If cattle react aggressively and move towards you, keep calm, let the dog go and take the shortest, safest route out of the field.
• Don't take your dog into fields of vegetables or fruit unless there is a clear path, such as a core path or right of way, and keep your dog to the path.
In order to have close control of your dog when off lead you will need good recall. If you are having problems with this or are getting a new puppy or dog, consider joining your local dog training club. As well as training; the classes are a great way to socialise your dog, meet other owners and access help and advice should problems arise.
The Kennel Club provides a full list of approved training clubs around the country. Please click here to visit their site.