Dogs on the beach(43 Posts)
Last summer I decided to do more physical activity. Tried joining a gym, tried swimming, but couldn't get the motivation to keep it up. So instead, since November-ish, I've walked part of the way to work, about half an hour each way. The bit I walk is lovely, along the sea front which has a prom all lit up so it's quite safe in the dark winter mornings. Haven't had any problem keeping to it, and I look forward to my walks as down-time.
In the winter everything was fine. I walked along the prom in my work clothes with trainers on, got to work, changed into work shoes there, ready to go. Now that summer's here it's nice to walk along the beach itself especially when the tide's out. But with the light mornings, the beach is full of dog walkers. I'm no dog hater though I don't have one myself, but I'd really rather they didn't jump and slobber all over me when I'm in my work gear. So AIBU? If I'm on the beach itself, am I fair game to friendly dogs? Should I stick to the prom (or take a change of clothes with me) if I don't want to arrive at work dog-stained? Or should I expect dog-walkers to have more control over their pets? Genuine question here.
i fucking detest dogs being on the beach - especially the ones off a lead and running about with the owner half a mile behind them not giving a toss what they do. We live a 20 sec walk away from a beach and go there regularly and there are signs all along the pavement every 100m or so saying no dogs on beach however every day all these people seem to ignore the signs and take their dogs on the beach - i just want to scream at them some days, its just fucking ignorant - it rips my knitting!
You should expect more control over pets.
Dogs should be banned full stop if you ask me. Hate the buggers.
I'm very surprised the dogwalkers weren't there in the winter. We're normally a hardy bunch, and frankly it takes a howling gale with associated hail or sleet to keep us in.
They should have more control. We walk along the dog-beach regularly and I never get jumped on
I was once power leaned by a very wet, very hairy rotty, which was rather disconcerting, but tbf I was speaking to their owner at the time and we have 7 dogs of own with us so were clearly dog lovers.
I wish I was accosted by strange dogs every time I left the house, but it's only happened about twice in my whole life. S'not fair
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YANBU I have a large dog with a very friendly nature. When I take him to the beach I keep him on a lead because I don't want him jumping or slobbering on anyone.
so you walk across the utterly filthy sand to get to work and complain about the very small minority of dogs that may interact with you and will dirty your pretty clothes???
stick to the footpath or catch the bus.
Dog walkers need to control their dogs!!
Some beaches near me have specific bits if the beach that dogs aren't allowed on and other bits they are and rules about keeping in leads at certain times/areas etc.
But all digs should be controlled, doesn't matter where you are walking, park, beach,path etc its not OK for dogs to jump up at you etc. If an owner can't control their dog/it doesn't have good recall it should be on a lead.
Yanbu and I say this as a dog lover and owner!
I regularly bring my dogs to the beach but they both have excellent recall and give people and other dogs a wide birth until told that they can go say hello. It is not acceptable for a dog to approach you unless they are invited and its certainly not acceptable for them to jump all over you.
Doesn't matter where you are walking your dog, you shouldn't let it jump up at people. No reason why the dogs shouldn't be able to walk on the beach though.
Sand can brush if fairly easily thehorse and unless the op sits down it won't go all over her clothes.
Plus I for one am allergic to dogs, love them but am allergic to them so no I don't want to interact with random dogs I happen to meet when out. Their fur etc on my clothes triggers an allergic reaction.
Its not unreasonable to expect people to control their dogs.
Also hate owners that let theirdogsjump all over children, my ds2 was terrified if digs after being jumped on by two massive great Danes.
Thankfully most dog owners are considerate.
I'm not fussed on winter, Beer, but I love rain. Most wet days I have the entire country park to myself. Bliss.
I love dogs and wouldn't mind them jumping on me at all
But I expect dog owners to be able to control their dogs. Letting them off the lead (if permitted by beach regulatins) is fine but they shouldn't harass or jump on strangers and should come when called. And the owners should call them away from people unless that person is clearly inviting the dog over. This holds whether the other person has a dog with them or not as you never know if its a dog that reacts badly to other dogs, and obviously most people object to dog slobber all over them!
I love taking my dog on the beach. She's always on a lead, we always clear up. I hate, hate, hate dog walkers who have no control over their animals, and no idea where they are. And I bloody hate those fucking stupid extending dog leads.
Ok so in the winter you walked along the prom and not the beach. You saw no-one.
Now in the summer you want to walk on the beach and not the prom and you are seeing dog walkers.
The same dog walkers that would have been there, on the beach whilst you were on the prom, but you didn't see them (because it was winter, it was dark and the prom is lit but the beach isn't)
Tell me, how many times have you had these dogs 'jump and slobber' all over you so that you have arrived at work 'dog strained'?
People should try to control their dogs. We worked hard to teach our rescue spaniel not to jump up. We got there in the end. Some walkers encourage her to jump up as they want a cuddle though - we allow her to then!
I know it's a genuine question OP, but surely the answer is a no brainer?
Of course you should have to change clothes or avoid the beach.
The dogs should be kept under control.
I love walking MuttDog on the beach. Tons of space for her to go completely crazy, in and out of the water, keeps her nails short and I can fling a ball up and down the dunes. Happiest place on earth.
It's wonderful in the winter or when it is raining because no other crazy bastard is there - well except other crazy bastard dog walkers. We look soggily and forlornly at each other, all wishing for a hot bath and hotter coffee whilst our dogs go mad
We don't have a dog but we still go to the beach in the winter in the rain etc so the madthings can have a good run around. And its just nice a refreshing walking, sea air etc.
Seriously tho not OK for dogs to jump up on people unless invited to. And the people asking should check with the owners first, I have drummed it into my kids you don't touch/approach a dog without checking with the owner first.
Dog owners shouldn't let their dogs jump or slobber. I love my dog, but I don't want to be jumped and slobberd on by him, especially in work clothes.
I do think some people can be overly precious though, I've had people give me dirty looks because my dog has walked past them and paid them no attention whatsoever. I'm not going to keep my dog on a lead and prevent him from exercising because of some uptight people.
Beaches that are large enough should have dog friendly sections, because there are a lot of us that own dogs and like to use the beach. J
As a non dog lover who really doesn't like them on the beach, I think that's a great idea CloudsandTrees. Sections where dogs can go, sections where they can't. You'd still get a few inconsiderate twats thinking the rules don't apply to them, mind, but it'd still be a positive step.
chunderella that is exactly what they have at the beaches near me (Norfolk) and yes the odd nob ignores it but they get fined.
Brean beach where we walk mutt has exactly that. A place for families with cars, a place for families with animals and a place for families without either. Each section is a mile or so long, it's ace.
I thought all beaches were divided like that? All the ones I've been to have been. That or dogs are restricted to certain seasons.
Ok so in the winter you walked along the prom and not the beach. You saw no-one.
No, there were dog-walkers on the prom, but mostly the dogs were on leads on account of it being dark I suppose. A few were on the beach with lighted or flashing collars, but those dogs did not seem interested in making friends with people on the prom.
No, most of them would have been on leads because they were ob a public pavement. It's different on a beach or in a field.
How many times have been jumped on then?
Well, clearly YANBU, but I have to say that I spend a lot of time on the beach here, where there are many dogs, and I can't think that I have ever been jumped on. I will admit to saying NO! very firmly to any dog that has the air of being about to jump up at me, though, as I don't like it (despite being a dog owner & dog lover).
However, I am always a bit dubious about dogs running free on the beach on hot sunny days when there are loads of little children about - I only take ddog on the beach in winter time/bad weather for this reason (that and being an antisocial so-and-so & preferring to go up the mountain where I will get peace & quiet on a hot day).
I love walking FancyDog on the beach. She loves the waves! But she's a hairy bugger (Beardie) and gets full of sand and sea. And she does love to shake so . Wet Beardie is both messy and smelly.
For that reason, she is trained to DOWN, COME and STAY whilst off lead. But I only walk her on the beaches where she is allowed May - Sept. Places for humans and places for dogs (with their humans) seems to work. They need places to run free.
I agree that having dog and not dog beaches works well.
Some round here have dogs to one side, no dogs to the other (obviously only works when the entrance to the beach is in the middle, and it is a large beach!), or as you say summer restrictions.
Our beach not only has no dog rules, but you also get cars on the beach which I dislike equally (though at any rate they are limited to one area).
Just a thought but do you completely ignore the dogs or look at them or make a noise to them? Only asking because my dog ignores people unless they give her any sort of attention. I also find that most dogs only jump on me if I give them attention, even just a bit of eye contact or a smile - mind you that's the ones I know.
I must admit though if she shows the slightest bit of interest in non dog walkers I get her full attention back on me and lead goes on to prevent the chance of it happening as I wouldn't appreciate work clothes getting mucky paw prints on.
Hmmm, you may have a point. I think I probably do look at any likely dogs as I'm worrying about them jumping on me. Does that mean 'come and say hello, I want to pat you' in dog? Tomorrow I will try looking in the other direction, and if that doesn't work I'll say 'No' in my firmest voice. Have to say, that never worked on DDs when they were small, but maybe I'll be more successful with dogs.
Im surprised you get so many dogs jumping on you on a beach. I walk my dog on the beach all the time and have pretty much never been jumped on by someone else's dog (unless I've made the effort to really attract their attention). I find my own dog is more of a concern in a park (I keep my eyes open and call him away from people) but he's far more excited in the sea and the wide open space of a beach than people.
I agree not to look at the dogs, you may be unwittingly inviting them over to say hello. If one does approach you, simply turn your back on it (that's how we taught our puppy not to jump up and it really works)
Oh yes that's true. If anyone talks to my dog on the street he thinks they want to be his friend, if they ignore him he ignores them.
We have a large beach. One area is clearly designated no dogs allowed and it is dog-free. The next area is a designated off-leash dog exercise area and is full of dogs.
Works well until you get someone on the dog beach area who doesn't like or want dogs around and complains.
My dog doesn't jump up or slobber, but I have no problem with being greeted by strange dogs on the beach, it's a dog exercise area and I expect them to be there.
I wouldn't have a dog off leash if it wasn't recall trained though.
"Have to say, that never worked on DDs when they were small, but maybe I'll be more successful with dogs."
Definitely works better on dogs than dds IME. DC are such a disappointment compared to dogs in that respect (well, in anything to do with immediate obedience)
As an owner of many dogs myself I believe dogs should be under control at all times. They should not go up to people when out and about, mess should be cleaned up immediately but on the other hand people should not approach or pet my dogs without checking with me first.
As long as these rules are followed then I see no reason why I should not take my dogs on to the beach though!
Id check the signs on the beach. I though dogs were only allowed on beaches at the off peak times!! Atleast that what it used to be. I think between May and September they shouldn't be allowed.
But people should keep control of there animals. Saying that my dog runs rings around me, espically on the beach.
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