Taking the lead on dog walking
Imagine your pup playing on open parkland, rustling through fallen leaves or bounding over golden sand. These are just some of the reasons you'll love walking your dog in the countryside or along the coast. We've partnered with natural pet food maker Forthglade on the Dogs Welcome project, helping you and your dog get even more out of the special places we care for.
This three-year partnership is based on our shared love of open spaces and the special relationships between dogs and their owners.
Together we'll make sure you and your dog get the most out of the woodlands, fields, parkland, and beaches we look after. And support the natural Forthglade range of co-branded dog food, designed to help your dog stay happy, healthy and full of energy for their outdoor adventures.
Helping you plan your visit
In partnership with Forthglade, we’ve been working on making it easier for you to find out how dog-friendly your visit will be before you and your four-legged-friend arrive. To help with this, we've created a new pawprint rating system and given all the places in our care a rating, which will be shown in the 2022 handbook.
Get the most out of dog walking with us
We want you and your dog to have a fun and stress-free day. We also want to protect farm animals and precious wildlife habitats, as well as ensure everyone can enjoy the countryside, whether or not they have a dog. This is why we've teamed up with Forthglade to put together the following top tips.
Top dog: walking tips for you and your four-legged friend
- Check that the place you want to visit is dog friendly, and look out for signs, maps and people telling you where you can go with your four-legged friend.
- Before taking your dog off the lead, check you're in an area where this is permitted and that there are no livestock. However, do let go of your dog if you are chased or charged by cattle.
- Be mindful of other dogs and people, especially children. If you do take your dog off the lead, it shouldn’t run off into the distance.
- Carry poop bags and always pick up after your dog. This will make the places we care for more pleasant for everyone and is better for the environment we work so hard to preserve.
- Some dogs love water, and it can often be hard to stop them from diving straight in when they see it. Only let your dog do this if it's safe and you are allowed to do so.
- Make sure you've got a map, especially if you're going off the beaten track.
- Take plenty of water and a lightweight bowl with you.
- Carry your dog's favourite treats, so you can encourage and reward positive behaviour.
- Keep safe in the countryside by looking out for information, and spend time getting to know your dog to see if they are stressed or ill. Your vet can provide information about training and keeping your dog healthy.
" We’re so pleased to be supporting the wonderful work achieved by the National Trust and thrilled to have the Trust associated with our range of natural meals and treats for dogs. We look forward to further bringing to life the National Trust’s Dogs Welcome activity."