If you are going to try and tell another person what to do and how to behave here are a few preliminaries to consider:
- Do you have the authority to tell them what to do?
- Have you got your facts straight? Do you know the law? Do you know if the person has the permission to be doing what they already are doing?
- Don’t try to give the impression you are somebody you are not!
As you already know I count myself privileged to be able to walk my boys on a local Estate. So today as we walked down the drive a car appeared behind us. Pup was immediately recalled and sat up and I popped a finger through his collar.
The car stopped and the chap wound down his window :
“Would you put your dog on a lead. This is a private estate and we have pheasants on the nest.”
“My dog is under control (didn’t say but thought as I have just demonstrated) and the Factor knows I come here like this”
“Nae Bother” and off he went in hos beat up little car with his sprog all wide eyed and gormless in the back – to go through the newly installed gates to the big house and tenanted cottages.
Did he do his checks first? No!
- The law states a dog must be under control; the Factor’s Notices state that dogs should be under control at all times. There is no legal requirement to use a lead.
- It is a private estate; there are about 4 pheasant nests on the whole estate and they are not where we walk.
- The private estate is not gated at the part I use so unless I am doing damage there are laws about access as well.
- He had no idea that I knew he wasn’t the landowner and that the landowner will know about me because the Factor will have told him.
- He also clearly has no idea that the landowner chairs a group focussing on access to land for recreational purposes and would be mortified that one of his tenants was countering that work.
- Finally he has no idea that I intend to joint that group because it links to my other pursuits.
In other news I have got a date for my Walk Leader training which will allow me to go on and start the Steps for Health Group Woo Hoo!