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There's not a much better feeling than strapping on your walking boots and exploring the great outdoors with the company of man's best friend. Dogs are great accompaniments to open spaces, their natural inquisitiveness bringing out the best of the outdoors. But it's also important to ensure that you act responsibly when outdoors, to keep your pet safe and protect the environment. To that end, the Lake District National Park Authority has issued some advice for dog walkers strapping on their boots for a walking trip to the region. It's not a nice job, but someone's got to do it: when it comes to clearing up dog mess, make sure you dispose of it responsibly in litter bins, ensuring you don't hang it in plastic bags from trees or walls. Keep dogs on a lead if you think it may be disobedient; but other than that, you don't have to keep it on a lead on a public right of way. But remember that on open access land, you must keep your dog on a short fixed lead (up to 2 metres) between March 1st and July 31st, and at all other times when near farm animals. Also when walking, look out for other people – be they cyclists, runners or horse riders. "Even the most friendly pet can make other people feel uncomfortable. Don't let your dog approach other people or their dogs unless you're sure they're happy about this," the authority said. Those heading to the Lakes will be interested to hear about a new mobile phone app that features walking and cycling routes. ViewRanger, developed by Augmentra, is available now and currently offers 30 walking and biking trails. Visit our range of mens walking boots available online for your next dog walk.