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    • CommentTimeJun 27th, 2015 7:03pm (Jun 27th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens


    I am looking for a field, woodland or general piece of land that we could rent for 30 minutes - 2 hours at a time. I'm not sure how often yet, as it depends on the distance from where we live.

    I have two rescue dogs, a Collie x Springer and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross. They can't be walked off lead; the Collie has a fairly high prey drive and where we live the boundaries protecting livestock are very low, and the Staffy gets so excited to greet. Although her recall is very good it would only take one time to accidentally scare someone.

    As a result we always walk them on a lead or a longline.

    What I am wanting is an area where we can walk them where we don't have to worry about livestock, people we don't know OR other dogs.

    If this is completely secure and it would be safe for them to be off lead that would be AWESOME and is ideally what we want. However if not we can walk them on a longline. We only have a small garden, so they don't get chance to run free.

    Places that would work:

    - fields at boarding kennels
    - stables / paddocks
    - agility fields
    - empty farmers' fields
    - tennis courts
    - large gardens

    We don't drive, but could organise a lift off family or hire a pet taxi. Within 15 miles would be best, and we would clean up any mess (eg. poops!).

    We would be very, very grateful. Look forward to hearing from anybody, let us know your thoughts on pricing :)

    Post here or email me at

    We live in Carnforth, Lancashire, UK.
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2015 9:02pm (Jun 28th 2015)
    What a great idea Red! Hope someone comes through for you.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2015 9:16pm (Jun 28th 2015)
    It would be fabulous. Have you thought about asking a local farmer?
    • CommentTimeJun 30th, 2015 12:40am (Jun 30th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    There are some fields we walk the dogs past sometimes, not exactly a farm, but a lot of land. Some have horses in, but some are empty. We have seen dogs being run off lead in one, and the owners have said hi to Zoey before (and loved her) so I was wondering if I could ask them if we could hire the field for a bit. Only problem is I don't know where they live, when they go to the field or how to contact them.
    We have found a secure field we might be able to use :)

    The boarding kennels 3.7 miles away have a field they rent out and use for training classes. They have invited us to go look around, without the dogs, so we can see the fencing - eeeeh! If this works out it would be awesome, they only charge £5 per half hour, and the closest field to rent I found after this was a 45 minute drive away, AND the field wasn't totally secure!

    I think we'd take the pups one at a time at first, as Kasper might be a bit arsey with Zoey. When they're off lead together Zoey only has eyes for her brother and is like Kasper's second shadow, and I don't want him getting annoyed at her.
    I hope it works out - now to just try organising transport! :)
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2015 8:16pm (Jul 1st 2015)
    That sounds quite positive! Maybe you could put your request in writing and drop it through the door of any obvious farmhouses. Problem is they don't seem to actually live on the farms anymore!!
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2015 10:08pm (Jul 1st 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    I have no idea where the people who own the fields live as there aren't really any houses nearby. I was thinking about tying a note in a plastic sleeve to the gate or to a little shack though :rolling:
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd, 2015 9:05pm (Jul 2nd 2015)
    That's a really good idea! Try it!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2015 8:19pm (Jul 3rd 2015)
    I hope you fine a good place for the pups to run, Red. :face-smile:
    • CommentTimeJul 4th, 2015 12:29am (Jul 4th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Lynn :bigsmile: