Free evening workshop at Mugdock for dog walkers

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Commercial dog walkers are being invited to go along to a free evening workshop at Mugdock Country Park on November 13.

A vet and outdoor professionals will share top tips about safe and healthy dog walking, as well as advice on where dog walkers may go and what they can do under the Scottish Outdoor Access Code at this event, organised by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

A spokesperson said: “Irresponsible dog-walking causes problems for farmers, wildlife and other visitors.

“Some dog walkers fail to pick up after their dogs or leave dog poo hanging in bags on trees and out-of-control dogs worry wildlife, livestock and people.

“Commercial dog walking companies provide a vital service when dog owners are at work or ill, but they also have greater potential to cause problems, as they often walk a greater number of dogs more frequently.”

The evening will be hosted by life-long dog lover Stephen Jenkinson, Kennel Club access advisor and Your Dog magazine columnist.

The course – which is free but requires advance booking – will also inform commercial dog walkers about voluntary accreditation schemes, the success of community-led green walkers schemes, and ask for peoples’ views on how best to share good practice with other commercial dog walkers.

The evening will begin with free soup and sandwiches and include a raffle for two Crufts tickets, and goodie bags for participants. Food will be available from 5.30pm, with the workshop running from 6pm to 9pm.

Book by November 1 by emailing recreationandaccess@snh.gov.uk with “dog walker” and ‘Milngavie’ in the subject line, and your name, company and phone number in the email itself.