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NFDOG gets national recognition in countryside media

The success of the New Forest Dog Owners Group working with partners and helping to welcome visitors to the forest with their dogs and promoting responsible behaviour, has been recognised in a national journal.

Countryside Jobs is read by many rural workers and employers, and the article author Stephen Jenkinson is a national expert on dog walking and the provision of safe environments for leisure. He says that dog ownership rose by more than 40% during COVID, and the pressures on the countryside are now higher than ever.  

The article includes interesting facts.

  • Dog walking is one of the top two factors leading to healthy, active lifestyles.
  • Pet ownership and in particular dog walking saves the NHS £2.5 billion each year.
  • Dogs are taken on half of all visits to the outdoors.
  • There’s a dog in around a third of all UK homes.
  • The average daily dog walk takes one hour and is 2.6 km long.
  • Off-lead exercise without causing problems is sought by around 90% of dog walkers.
  • Banning dog walking or off-lead exercise can just displace problems to somewhere else.
  • 95% of dog walkers will accept some access restrictions if they are given other options.


You can read the article here: Country Jobs Article on Visitors and Dog Walking