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There are a lot of lambs in the fields alongside our walks at the moment and so it is quite timely to give a bit of advice for dog owners.  Sheep are very skittish and this can excite even the most placid of dogs, so it is important to be vigilant for grazing livestock, especially at this time of year.  If you are nearing livestock (particularly sheep), please put your dog on a lead, any dog is capable of chasing animals and a sheep's sudden movements can set something off in a dog that has previously shown no interest.  Too many times have I heard about ewes and lambs being killed by dogs - the dog doesn't even have to 'savage' the animal, often it is just the stress of the chase that kills them.   It can be deadly for the dog too - farmers have been known to shoot dogs seen worrrying livestock. 

 

 

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