The Canine Code

supporting the National Trust

©National Trust Images/James Dobson

We've teamed up with the National Trust to support the development of their 'Dogs Welcome' project - aimed at improving access for our four-legged friends across the places they care for in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Help the National Trust to look after the places you and your dog enjoy by following these simple guidelines:

  • Take the lead

You can help reduce the chance of your dog disturbing ground-nesting birds and farmer’s livestock by keeping them on a short lead. Remember, if you’re approached by cattle, the safest thing to do is let your dog go, and call them back when safe to do so.

  • Scoop that poop

Picking up your dog’s litter keeps the area clean for everyone to enjoy. When you’re done, pop it in the bin, or, if there isn’t one, take it home with you.

  • Paws for thought

Are you in the right area? Sometimes we might ask you to walk somewhere else to help us protect you, the places we look after and the wildlife that lives there. Keep an eye out for signs and be extra careful on coastal and cliff top paths.

  • Be on the ball

While lots of us love dogs, some of us don’t. That’s why it’s important to make sure your four-legged friend doesn’t run up to other people – especially children.

©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

To find out more about the Dogs Welcome project click here.