People & Dogs in the Outdoors Seminar

The Outdoor Recreation Network is pleased to announce that its next seminar on the hot topic of people and dogs in the outdoors will be hosted by Forestry Comission England and the Kennel Club. With input from key policy-makers, stakeholders, academics and practitioners, this exciting two-day event will cover important contemporary policy and practice matters.

Topics will include:

• Opportunities and best practice management of visitors with dogs and canine sports in the outdoors, to optimise the benefits and minimise any adverse impacts on other visitors, wildlife and farm livestock.

• Ensuring healthy dogs and healthy people, including the mental and physical human health benefits of dog ownership, visitors with assistance dogs, and veterinary updates on diseases associated with dogs in the outdoors.

The event will particularly focus on practical management measures, with lots of good practice sharing and networking opportunities. There will also be a site visit to Thetford Forest to witness sled dogs in action (limited places so book early to avoid dissapointment). The seminar will be of interest to many. However, it will be of significant value to those interested in the benefits and opportunities that dogs can bring to people and those involved in the practical management of dogs in the outdoors such as site rangers, land managers and countryside visitor staff, and other outdoor recreation professionals. Please save the date for this stimulating seminar. You will receive another email in early December with further event details and booking information. You are encouraged to book early as “all things dog related” are of real interest to our member organisations, and delegate numbers will be capped.