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Case studies

These highlight good practice when influencing where dog owners go and what they do. Taken from across the United Kingdom, covering all types of land and access, they illustrate work by the Forestry Commission, private landowners, local authorities and national parks. A common theme is how they have moved away from a traditional reliance on negative and restrictive messages.

Conflict can be reduced - and management effectiveness increased - by adopting a balanced approach that: embraces the popularity of dog walking; engages with owners in a relevant and positive way; offers clarity and alternatives where a specific behaviour is inappropriate at a given time or place.

Additional case studies will be added, so do come back for more inspiration!

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Case study 1: On-site dog training - Thames Chase, Essex
Initiating regular outdoor sessions with local dog trainers is a cost effective way to improve owner control, education and wider support for a particular site.

Case study 2: Staff training events and workshops - Various organisations, UK-Wide
Training events increase understanding of dog walkers’ behaviour and how best to engage with them,to improve management and reduce conflict. Workshops help staff create a more integrated, effectiveand consistent approach.

Case study 3: Designated dog walker access points - Dinton Pastures, Berkshire
Providing specific facilities where walkers with dogs enter a country park, path network or other greenspace helps reduce problems from path fouling, conflict with other access users, and provides avenue for positive communication.

Case study 4: Dog pit stops - effective engagement - South Yorkshire Forest
Dog ‘pits stops’ are a simple, effective and low cost way to engage with dog owners to increase rapport, understanding and management effectiveness.

Case study 5: Innovative communication with dog owners - Peak District, Derbyshire
Creative use of multi-media techniques helps to positively promote responsible dog ownership, to new audiences on the Peak District National Park’s moorland.

Case study 6: Alternative facilities - dog dip - Nightingale Woods, Wiltshire
The positive provision of alternative facilities is an effective and non-confrontational way of accommodating dog walker activity on a site, which may otherwise bring them into conflict with other interests at certain times or places.

Case study 7: Conservation grazing - information and training - Malvern Hills, Worcesterhsire
Providing dog training facilities and credible information about grazing animals, helps to reduce conflict between dogs and livestock on an intensively used site.

Case study 8: Engaging events - Westonbirt Arboretum, Wiltshire
Dog-friendly events can be a very effective and non-confrontational way to engage with dog owners, improve their understanding and influence their behaviour.

Case study 9: Persuasive publications - England, Wales, Pembrokshire
Developing publications and other communication that works with dog owners’ interests and values optimises the potential for influencing where they go and what they do.