Dogs on beaches. Why?

(307 Posts)
Chickensarmpit Sat 20-Jul-13 17:23:08

Today i took my 3 young kids to the beach for a rare day out.
It was ruined by dogs!
They shit all over the place, one pissed up my icebox and one bloody stole my sons ball.
We moved twice and eventually gave up and went home

Why do people insist on taking dogs with them? Grrr annoyed!

I love my beach between September & June.

July and August it's practically out of bounds to us (especially ds1). Nothing to do with the dogs. We just go on rainy days. Talking of which there's rain and surf forecast for next week :happy dance:

Sparklingbrook Sat 20-Jul-13 17:34:31

If the dogs don't put their nose in my picnic, shake water off themselves near me or poo on the beach that would actually be ok TBF.

Chickensarmpit Sat 20-Jul-13 17:34:44

One pooped right infront of where we were sat. The owner just kicked sand on it. I told him to pick it up and he just ignored me.

EndoplasmicReticulum Sat 20-Jul-13 17:35:25

Go find the dog free bit.

They are rarely actually free of dogs, because not all dogs can read the signs and neither apparently can some of the owners.

But there are certainly less dogs.

CockyFox Sat 20-Jul-13 17:35:31

YABU, as annoying as it is, if you have chosen to go to a dog friendly beach.

YANBU if, as we experienced last year, you are on a dog free beach and a dog owner informed you that they don't care what the sign says they walk their dog their everyday of the year as it is a free country and if it upsets my 'precious city children I should keep them at home'.

Floralnomad Sat 20-Jul-13 17:35:43

mrskeith where do you live then because if I ever move that's where I need to be ,when we took our dog for a swim in the sea this week we had to drive past about 10 beaches to get to a dog friendly one !

TimeofChange Sat 20-Jul-13 17:36:00

I went to a beach last Sunday at 6.00am.
It was a bloody disgrace.
Why don't humans pick up their litter?

Talacre - that's where we take our dog, it's ace! (I wasn't there today though)
I've never seen any dog poo there, what a shame.

Dogs are allowed on that beach all year round.

Sparklingbrook Sat 20-Jul-13 17:38:19

The human litter is a bloody disgrace on beaches. Burying it seems to be the norm. Especially nappies.

shufflehopstep Sat 20-Jul-13 17:38:26

Why do people insist on taking dogs with them? Because people have dogs so they can enjoy their company and if they are going on a family outing, the dog's part of the family and will go with them. If it was a dog-friendly beach, don't go there if you have a problem with it. If it was a "no dogs" beach, report them. If an owner has failed to clean up after their dog, report them. Stop complaining about things that you have the power to do something about.

yamsareyammy Sat 20-Jul-13 17:39:33

That beach seems to be marketed as a dog friendly beach.

The beach is so much nicer without the tourists cluttering it up. When I take ds1 for most of the year he knows everyone, everyone talks to him, he goes surfing - we love it - it's a our little safe space that we visit at least once every week.

Come July and August and out come the gawpers and the starers and the tut tut brigade.

Give me a bunch of dogs - even badly behaved ones any day.

Sparklingbrook Sat 20-Jul-13 17:40:56

I would rather they took the dogs on the beach than left them in the car.

yamsareyammy Sat 20-Jul-13 17:41:01

You will need to take it up with the council.
I presume there are debates in your local paper about it?

There are loads of signs up at Talacre saying that there is a £1000 fine for dog fouling.

500internalerror Sat 20-Jul-13 17:44:43

It's the same in the park when we take a picnic. But we all have a right to enjoy this earth, so we should all be tolerant. If a dog is bothering you-weeping up your cool box, talk to the owner.

Chickensarmpit Sat 20-Jul-13 17:44:47

I don't understand why anyone would leave litter behind. Beaches always have lots of bins.
SauvignonBlanche i bet you control you dog and pick up after it though don't you?

Chickensarmpit Sat 20-Jul-13 17:47:28

@500. The owner was no where to be seen. Or at least nobody would own up to owning the little sod.

SauvignonBlanche it was caked in dog poop today.

SillyTilly123 Sat 20-Jul-13 18:03:58

I got my dog in January and took her to the beach at least once a week-no matter what the weather. Why should we have to change something we always do to please people who only come out in the sun?

Our local beach is half allowed dogs and half not in the summer, so I take my dog and my 3 kids to the beach and habe a wonderful time watching them chase each other in the water. Why should we miss out? My dog has 99% recall though and doesnt chase after people or other dogs (very proud of her -shes only 10 month) so I do let her off lead. Ive also witnessed other children delighting in her frolics and throwing sticks for her.

usualsuspect Sat 20-Jul-13 18:07:03

I like seeing dogs on beaches.They always look like they are having a great time.

SelectAUserName Sat 20-Jul-13 18:07:03

Oh goody, another dog thread.

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 20-Jul-13 18:10:44

Dogs are allowed on my our beach all year round, there are others locally that do not allow dogs during the tourist season. The beaches are immaculate for the whole of out season; as soon as the tourists arrive, the beaches are littered with cans, bottles, old nappies, etc.

Then there's the fucking caravans.

It's the tourists that are the bloody nusciences, not the local dogs.

yamsareyammy Sat 20-Jul-13 18:12:17

hmm. You didnt answer my question, your choice though I realise.
But it does make me think that really you are just venting. Maybe understandably, but you are not going to actually do anything, are you. Again, your choice.

Pigsmummy Sat 20-Jul-13 18:15:06

If you are a dog owner there is nothing nicer than taking your Dog to the beach for a run. YABU

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