We are fast approaching the lighter nights, the warmer (well a bit warmer) weather and that means only one thing for dog lovers. More walking time, bigger adventures and a lot more time to train, play and explore the great outdoors.
Whilst the longer days mean more canine activities, they also mean lambing and calving time for local farmers. As Central Bark is based on a working farm we have been lucky to see quite a few newborn lambs lately. As will be the case throughout the country.
Even if you do not see your dog as a threat to livestock it is very important to ensure they are kept under control at all times.
Usually sheep and lambs will run away from a dog. If chased, sheep become very distressed and the stress could kill young and unborn lambs. Furthermore, your dog that has never had an interest in static sheep will likely show a lot more interest in a herd of moving woolly bottoms.
Don't be caught off guard. Always look ahead, put your dog on his lead if you see animals ahead or if unsure that there may be livestock about. Livestock worrying is an offence and there is the risk that your dog could pay the ultimate price.
We hope this is the start of a fantastic spring/summer for dog walking and adventures. If you have any questions regarding training recall or lead walking the team at Central Bark are happy to help.