A PROJECT has been launched to encourage responsible dog walking in Constable Country.

The Dedham Vale Visitor Management Group has received £1,000 for the I’m a Good Dog initiative.

The project aims to encourage responsible dog walking through better signage, training, dog walks, promotional material and publicity.

Calling cards will also be given to landowners, countryside managers and volunteers to use when introducing themselves to dog walkers.

It is hoped the card will act as an ice breaker and lead to constructive dialogue between dog walkers and land managers.

The money was awarded by the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project’s Sustainable Development Fund.

l I’m a Good Dog walks for the public and their dogs are run by Nurture Dogs CIC at Dedham Community Farm.

These walks help owners learn how to walk their dog without tears, teach them to be calm around livestock and how to be a good ambassador.

There are two more training events left on Saturday, March 8, and Saturday, April 12.

Call Gill De’ath for more information and to book your place on 07984 320347.