The date for the next Sheep Safe dog training course has been announced.
Classes will begin on Sunday 9th August for those looking for training and advice on how to encourage their dog to ignore livestock. The 6 sessions will be help each Sunday afternoon in Malvern with dog trainer and behaviourist Sue Harper.
Sheep Safe courses were launched over 5 years ago with the help of local dog trainer Sue, in an effort to reduce the number of dog attacks on livestock on the Malvern Hills and Commons.
Beck Baker, Community and Conservation Officer, said "Sadly, dogs chasing and attacking sheep is a common occurrence on the Malvern Hills and Commons."
"We’d like to remind dog walkers that any dog, big or small, docile or aggressive, has the potential to chase or kill livestock so all dogs should be kept on a lead near grazing cattle and sheep. The simple solution of putting a dog on a lead will help keep sheep and lambs safe."
"The Sheep Safe courses are a good way of teaching dog walkers how to handle a situation where they might unexpectedly come across livestock on the Hills and Commons but we would encourage people to put their pet on a lead whenever they are near the cattle and sheep."
The Trust also publishes Stockwatch, a weekly update with the locations of cattle and sheep within the Malvern Hills grazing projects. Stockwatch can be found on the Trust's website, social media and in the Malvern Gazette.
Livestock are an essential part of the management of the Malvern Hills and Commons. The cattle and sheep eat the bramble, scrub and young trees and this maintains the open grassland habitat. This keeps the landscape special and benefits the geology, archaeology, wildlife, and the access and views for visitors.
Those wishing to find out more information or book a place on the course should contact Sue Harper on sharperdogs[@]hotmail.co.uk or phone 077452 62610. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, class sizes are small and spaces are limited. Places will be granted on a first come, first served basis.