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Bringing Your Dog To Club Sessions

The club’s insurance for our sessions is provided by The Association of Running Clubs. They have confirmed that the presence of dogs on a club run will not invalidate our overall insurance. However, they require compliance with a few simple requirements that will ensure the enjoyment and safety of all runners.

Scottish Outdoor Access Code guidelines on taking your dog into the country

Those in charge of a dog, etc.

General.

  • The decision to allow dogs on sessions rests with the leader or organiser.
  • If dogs are not allowed on any planned session, this will be made clear in published information. We recommend "No dogs allowed" where all dogs are excluded, and "Registered Assistance dogs only" where it is the leader's preference to exclude dogs.
  • If no notification about dogs is published then members attending do so on the understanding that dogs are allowed on the session. However, the planned route for a session may need to be changed at short notice, and it may not be possible to change prior notification about the acceptability of dogs. In such circumstances, the person responsible for the dog is asked to be understanding.
  • The person responsible for the dog must ensure it does not alarm other people and they must clean up after their dog at all times.
  • The person responsible for the dog must ensure that all dogs are kept under close control at all times, and kept on a lead on farmland and roads, and on a short lead near livestock or sensitive wildlife, where the terrain requires careful footwork and wherever the law or other regulations require it.

Insurance.

  • Dogs on sessions do not affect the insurance cover in any way but incidents caused by dogs are not covered by the club’s insurance. Therefore, it is very important that the dog owners are aware of this and have their own Public Liability Insurance cover in place. This should include "Third Party Liability" insurance which pays towards compensation and costs awarded against the owner by a court if the dog causes death or injury to a person, or causes damage to someone else’s property.

Session Leaders.

Permissions.

  • The decision to allow dogs on sessions rests with the leader or organiser.
  • Dogs may be permitted on sessions where there is no problem with terrain or livestock and if the leader is comfortable with dogs being present.
  • Some leaders may make the decision not to allow dogs on any sessions but we would encourage groups to allow dogs wherever possible as people may join the club in order to run with their dogs.
  • Some sessions won’t be suitable for dogs (for example when the route covers a particular type of terrain, young farm animals are present, subject to quarantine i.e. Foot & Mouth) and the ultimate decision on whether to allow dogs lies with the individual leader.
  • If dogs are excluded from a session solely because that is the preference of the leader then Registered Assistance dogs such as hearing or guide dogs must be allowed on all suitable sessions. These would exclude sessions where dogs are prohibited, for example, in fields used for lambing, wildlife protection areas, or where there are over-riding health and safety issues.
  • If dogs are not allowed on any planned session, this will be made clear in all published information. We recommend "No dogs allowed" where all dogs are excluded, and "Registered Assistance dogs only" where it is the leader's preference to exclude dogs.
  • If no notification about dogs is published then members attending do so on the understanding that dogs are allowed on the session.
  • Occasionally, the planned route for a session may have to be changed at short notice. Any notification about the acceptability of dogs should be considered and published where possible. However, it may not be possible to change prior notification.

General.

  • Leaders must remind dog owners of their responsibilities at the start of the session. They must inform the person responsible for the dog that they must keep it under close control, especially on farmland, and on a short lead near /livestock.
  • The leader can insist that the dog be on a lead for all, or certain, sections of the session.

Insurance.

  • If the leader decides to accept dogs on a session then he/she should check with the dog owners that each dog is covered by public liability insurance. The leader should specifically ask "Does this pet have liability insurance?" and only accept the dog on the session if the owner verbally confirms this.
  • If the dog owner confirms verbally that this is so then the dog may be allowed on the session. If there is no public liability insurance then the dog will be excluded (for this purpose, verbal confirmation of having such public liability insurance is treated as a binding agreement to this stipulation, thereby waiving any liability of the club resulting from or related to any dog without such public liability insurance).

If you have any questions or concerns about bringing your dog (or other pet) to club sessions, please let us know.