Dog walkers using Hordle recreation grounds set to face fresh rules under new code of conduct
A NEW code of conduct could soon be imposed on dog walkers using Hordle recreation grounds, including stopping their pets from barking too much and jumping up at children.
The parish council has launched a six-week consultation on a draft Dog Walker's Charter, which sets out a list of requirements for owners.
As well as insisting they clear up after their pets, the document says dogs must be kept on leads around car parks and roads.
Walkers are instructed to ensure their dogs "toilet before they come to exercise", stating: "Public open space is not a dog toilet."
Further requests include stopping dogs from approaching and jumping up at people – particularly children – and other dogs.
Owners should also prevent excessive barking and not let pets loose during use of the grounds by sports clubs.
"Show respect for other dogs – especially those displaying yellow as this indicates they need space," the charter reads.
"If an approaching dog is on a lead, put yours on a lead too."
Professional dog walkers are required to have no more than four animals with them at a time, and they are prohibited from meeting up and walking together.
"Businesses must hold public liability insurance, which covers use of public land," states the code.
Parish council chair Cllr Maggie Hill stressed the authority welcomes dogs and their walkers on its land.
"We are introducing the charter to improve the recreation grounds and other public open space for everyone," she said.
"We want to make this shared space as pleasant as it can be for the entire community to enjoy."
To take part in the consultation, which runs until 13th May, go to www.hordleparishcouncil.gov.uk