The Lake District National Park Authority is asking visitors to ensure that puppies are ready for the countryside as restrictions slowly ease.

The authority has said it expects more dogs and their owners to visit the Lake District as visitors return over the next few months and has warned owners to keep their pets ‘under close control.’

Andrea Meanwell, the Lake District National Park’s farming officer said: “It’s essential to keep dogs under close control while out in the countryside as lambing season approaches.

“We’re encouraging people to remember to keep their dogs under effective control and on a lead near livestock, wherever possible.

“As a new puppy owner myself I’m all too aware that the new sights and sounds of the countryside can be exciting for puppies; it can also make their behaviour erratic.

“Even the most docile puppy can cause real harm to sheep.

“Ewes are now in the late stages of pregnancy and being chased by a dog can end up with sheep being killed or injured and the stress can easily cause them to miscarry.”

LDNPA has produced free information signs for farmers and land managers. Signs are available to download from