We at the BCSBA echo the reminder by the NSA to keep their dogs on leads in the countryside this Autumn. With half term school holidays and staycations being so popular, it is sensible to remember this simple message:
NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker says: “You may not consider your dog capable of chasing and attacking sheep but it is an instinctive response and the stress and injury it can lead to can be absolutely shocking.
“Look out for signs indicating where livestock may be present but if you are in any way unsure whether sheep could be near or not then keep your dog on a lead and under control. Not only are you putting sheep at risk by failing to do this but also potentially the welfare of your own animal.”