*** TO ALL MEMBERS ***
Please ensure that you are registered and have agreed to the T&Cs BEFORE attending one of our walks.
Attendance at any of our walks is deemed acceptance of our T&Cs.
Reactive Dogs: reactive dogs are welcome. The ethos of Big Walkies is that we support all dogs (and humans) with mixed abilities. However if your dog has bitten before, you will be required to have the dog muzzled on future walks to ensure everyone's safety. Failure to comply will result in you being asked not to walk with us any longer.
Terms & Conditions of membership
Members are expected to take full responsibility for their animal’s behaviour through the walks.
If any dog demonstrates aggressive behaviours towards people and/or dogs on the walks, then unfortunately they will be asked to leave the group if convenient to do so, if not they will be asked to follow the group at the rear so not to cause any further problems. It is at the walk coordinators discretion and experience that determines if a dog’s behaviour is not acceptable on the group walks. We must ask for this, as small incidents can soon escalate in to a much larger problem with the possible result of stress or injury to animals and owners.
Owners should be responsible citizens and clear up after their dog on public footpaths and pavements.
All sporting and leisure activities have inherent hazards associated with them and walking is no exception. In spite of the safety of members always being the principal concern, accidents will occasionally occur. It is important therefore, that when entering an event, each member appreciates that they have a responsibility to identify the hazards associated with the walk and take all reasonable safety measures to eliminate or minimise the potential for an accident to arise
It must be accepted that any injury or accidents caused to yourself or your animal during the walks, will not be covered by Big Walkies Ltd insurance and it will be down to your own personal 3rd party insurance, your animals insurance or your own personal cost. Also if there is any injury caused to other animals it is down to the parties involved to sort out any problems.
The information provided regarding the walks in terms of distance, duration and level is to give you basic guidance. Walkers should be of good physical fitness as they may need to negotiate styles, obstacles and difficulties in gradient. Walkers must also expect terrain and weather conditions to change throughout the walks so correct foot wear and clothing will need to be worn. Light weight sports, sandals or fashion trainers are not acceptable.
Your dog will need a collar with an ID disc with your name, contact numbers, post code and dogs name (optional) clearly engraved, according to the law.
At certain points along the walk we hope that dogs can run free, if the circumstances allow it. We also suggest you do not feed your dog before a walk but carry plenty of tasty titbits to ensure a good recall when required.
The Countryside code must be abided to at all times:
Dogs on leash around livestock and not worry the livestock with barking, lunging etc, and on a leash in bird nesting areas, close gates after you pass through, do not leave litter, stick to the pathways, keep off crops, pick up after your dog, we also suggest you check your 3rd party insurance (usually household) to make sure your dog is covered if it causes an accident.
For further information on these subjects and The KC Good Citizen Dog scheme, please check with the Kennel Club at www.thekennelclub.org.uk or www.gcds.org.uk
Please note that harsh handling/correction of any dog will not be tolerated.
We promote positive training methods and responsible ownership at all times.