While speaking on Cape Talk an official from the South African National Parks (SANParks) took some time to explain rules that apply when walking dogs along Table Mountain National Park.
Dog owners are required to have a leash and permit to walk their pets through Table Mountain National Park.
The SANParks code of conduct for dog walkers in the park are as follows:
- A My Activity Permit is required for dog walking
- Dogs taken into the park must be under the effective control of the handler at all times
- If there is an incident, the dog may be deemed to be out of control and the handler can be held liable
- Dog handlers must always carry a leash
- Dogs must be leashed while passing through designated areas
- Dog handlers must remove their dog’s faeces from paths, car parks and any other demarcated areas
- Dog handlers must ensure that their dogs do not injure or kill any wildlife
- Aggressive dogs must be muzzled
- No more than two dogs per person may be taken into the park without special permission
Complaints to CapeTalk prompted a discussion about the etiquette of dog-walkers along the scenic outdoor hotspot.
Howard-Clayton added that park rangers and other local groups are on the lookout for dog-walkers who contravene the rules.
Howard-Clayton says there are various areas in the park with signs up that say dogs must be leashed, signs that say pick up after your dogs as you walk in the park among others.
Lauren Howard-Clayton, encouraged dog owners to so some consideration for other park users and visitors.