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Dog walking

Bracknell Forest is a wonderful place to go dog walking with plenty of unspoilt places to explore.

All our parks and open spaces are dog friendly, but for health and safety reasons, dogs are not permitted in playgrounds.

Please follow the guidance below to ensure that the landscape remains beautiful and safe for everyone (and every pet) to enjoy.

Identification

Dogs in a public place are legally required to wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on the collar or on a plate or badge attached to it. It is compulsory for dogs in England to be fitted with a microchip by the time it’s 8 weeks old.

For information about lost and found dogs, including how to report them, please visit our stray dogs page.

Fouling

Faeces can spread disease - please bag your dog’s waste and dispose of it in the bins provided. It is an offence to allow your dog to foul in a public place without clearing it up.

For more information about dog fouling, including how to report incidents of fouling, please visit our dog fouling page.

Behaviour

Dogs can be intimidating to some people, especially children. Please be considerate to others and keep your dog under control.

Any dog off-lead must not jump up at strangers and must return when called by their walker or owner.

A dog is considered dangerously out of control if it:

  • injures someone
  • makes someone worried that it might injure them

Please keep your dog on a lead around livestock for their safety and in areas where there are likely to be ground nesting birds.

Health

You can protect your dog from diseases like canine parvovirus and kennel cough by vaccinating them in accordance with veterinary best practice.

It’s important to worm pets regularly - even healthy looking animals can carry worms. Guidance is available from your local vet or the RSPCA.

The role of our rangers

Responsible dog ownership is taken seriously for the benefit of all users of parks and countryside.

Our parks and countryside rangers work with dog owners in order to promote this code of conduct and ensure it is followed.

Questions they might ask you include:

  1. Which vet is your dog registered with and has it been vaccinated?
  2. Can I see a spare poo bag please to demonstrate you are ready to pick-up?
  3. Can you please summon your dog for me (if it is let off the lead) to say hello?

More information

More information on responsible dog ownership is available from the following links:

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