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What is the New Forest Dog Owners Group?

It all began in May 2001. When nearly all the Foot and Mouth restrictions had been lifted, dogs were still required to be on leads in the New Forest. A small group of us got together, who cared passionately about retaining our traditional 'privilege' (never a legal right) of walking our dogs on the Forest freely, whilst keeping them fully under control. New Forest Dog Owners Group was born.

NFDOG promotes responsible dog ownership
NFDOG is the ONLY group that speaks up for Forest dog walkers
NFDOG has an email register that gives members exclusive access to hundreds of fellow dog owners who will look out for lost dogs
NFDOG works with other stakeholders in planning for the future of the New Forest
NFDOG successfully negotiated a code of conduct (see below) enshrining our traditional freedoms that were threatened

New Forest Dog Walking Code

  • homekate1.pngIf you cannot control your dog you must keep it on a lead
  • Your dog must not be allowed to disturb or chase livestock or wildlife
  • Keep your dog to existing tracks when birds nest on the ground
  • Prevent your dog fouling on footpaths and around car parks
  • Groups of dogs can be intimidating – keep them under control
  • Be considerate to other forest users
  • Keep well away from any work taking place in the forest
  • Prevent excessive barking by your dog

Public Liability

At the moment it is not compulsory to have pet insurance in the UK. However, pet insurance is fairly affordable and can offer a…
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Forestry Policy in England

Following the saga on the 'Future of our Forests' featured in our last newsletter, the committee put together a submission to…
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Forestry Commission Work near Godshill

The work currently being undertaken at Latchmore and Ditchend Brooks has caused consternation among some of our members.…
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Working For A Cleaner New Forest

New Forest Dog Owners Group (NFDOG) is working with the Forestry Commission and New Forest National Park Authority to improve the experi…
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Seasonal Canine Illness

Thanks goes to one of our members for bringing to our attention an on-going investigation by the Animal Health Trust regarding Seasonal…
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Summer in the forest

Stick injuries – every year we see several dogs with stick injuries. These are dogs that have either caught sticks which have been thrown…
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Lungworm

Dog owners may have recently become aware of a relatively new disease which has been diagnosed more frequently over the last twelve months…
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