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|Dangerous dogs on our footpaths August 2, 2011|
|If you own a dog, please try to make sure your dog does not cause a problem for users of our footpaths or local residents.|
Dogs will often bark at members of the public entering private land on a public right of way. This is a quite natural reaction as they are likely to want to protect their territory.
The animal should not however, present a danger or intimidate to the extent that the path is obstructed. If you encounter a dog acting aggressively, try to act in a calm, friendly and confident manner and continue on your way. If an animal is known to be dangerous, it is an offence for it to be at large where the public have access.
If you feel that an animal presents a genuine hazard and/or effectively blocks use of a path, please report it to Surrey County Council using their on-line reporting form
The relevant Countryside Access Officer will investigate and may work with the Borough or District Council Dog Warden and/or possibly the Police to resolve the problem.
'You and your dog in the countryside' has been produced as a joint venture between Natural England and the Kennel Club as a guide to acting responsibly when enjoying the countryside with your dog. It includes guidance on where you can go, travelling, protecting the environment, keeping your dog healthy, and details of other organisations who can provide further information and support.
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