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clarinetV2 Tue 25-Jun-13 16:46:08

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.

peggyundercrackers Tue 25-Jun-13 17:03:38

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!

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 25-Jun-13 17:28:35


RazzleDazzleEm Tue 25-Jun-13 17:29:31

You should expect more control over pets.

soverylucky Tue 25-Jun-13 17:32:28

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DeepRedBetty Tue 25-Jun-13 17:32:50

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.

D0oinMeCleanin Tue 25-Jun-13 17:34:34

They should have more control. We walk along the dog-beach regularly and I never get jumped on sad

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 angry grin

BeerTricksPotter Tue 25-Jun-13 17:35:12

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iloveeverton Tue 25-Jun-13 17:35:31

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.

thehorsedentist Tue 25-Jun-13 17:35:55

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.

5madthings Tue 25-Jun-13 17:36:27

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.

MissKnox Tue 25-Jun-13 17:37:31

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.

BackforGood Tue 25-Jun-13 17:38:46

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.

Turniptwirl Tue 25-Jun-13 17:38:55

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5madthings Tue 25-Jun-13 17:40:49

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.

D0oinMeCleanin Tue 25-Jun-13 17:41:25

I'm not fussed on winter, Beer, but I love rain. Most wet days I have the entire country park to myself. Bliss.

Turniptwirl Tue 25-Jun-13 17:41:36

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!

Greydog Tue 25-Jun-13 17:43:55

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.

LtEveDallas Tue 25-Jun-13 17:43:56

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'?

neontetra Tue 25-Jun-13 17:44:12

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!

WorraLiberty Tue 25-Jun-13 17:48:13

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.

WorraLiberty Tue 25-Jun-13 17:48:38


LtEveDallas Tue 25-Jun-13 18:01:45

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 grin

5madthings Tue 25-Jun-13 18:05:30

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.

CloudsAndTrees Tue 25-Jun-13 18:31:20

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

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