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Dogs on beaches. Why?

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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!

KittensoftPuppydog Sat 20-Jul-13 17:24:09

Oh go away.

Sparklingbrook Sat 20-Jul-13 17:24:25

YANBU. Some places the dogs are banned in certain months or only allowed on specific bits of the beach. i don't want a big wet sandy dog in my picnic. sad

PseudoBadger Sat 20-Jul-13 17:25:46

People on the beach ruin my dog walk wink

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 20-Jul-13 17:26:04

Err, the beach is absolutely LittleDog's most favourite place, and we go nearly every day. hmm

RVPisnomore Sat 20-Jul-13 17:26:23

Because dogs get hot too and they enjoy the water. Not all owners are irresponsible and let them run loose.

It's just as easy to generalise and say people who go to the beach leave all their crap there but I don't because they're are Lso responsible people who pick up their rubbish......

DiseasesOfTheSheep Sat 20-Jul-13 17:26:49

Most beaches have dog free sections. Certainly all the ones commonly used by families do. Beaches are lovely places to walk and play with dogs, provided owners respect the (usually well enforced) restrictions.

saintlyjimjams Sat 20-Jul-13 17:27:24

I go to the beach with my dog because it's a place I can easily walk with him and my severely autistic son. And my son and dog love the sea. We also go there all year round - (although I do tend to avoid on sunny days when the tourists/day trippers are out unless the tide is far out making the beach very large).

I live near a lot of beaches. In the winter dogs are allowed on all beaches (and tbh 99% of the beach users are either dog walkers or surfers/kite surfers/windsurfers/surf kayakers). In the summer some beaches are dog free and some only allow dogs in certain areas - you should be able to find a dog free beach or area near you. If you check on local council or beach websites they will tell you which ones are dog free.

I do love September. smile

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 20-Jul-13 17:28:07

I really resent other people actually daring to walk on my beach. Particularly the annoying screamy ones, FFS LittleDog is all of 8 inches tall, and more terrified of you the great wuss

Eyesunderarock Sat 20-Jul-13 17:28:08

Most of the beaches round here have rules about dogs being on leads between April and September on the beaches.
Would you mind the dogs if they had left everyone and their picnics alone, and the owners had collected the dogshit?

overthemill Sat 20-Jul-13 17:28:19

because dogs love the water and running n open spaces. but they should be controlled but some people do seem t fail to do this. although do see other thread about how woosey today's children are with dogs...

SauvignonBlanche Sat 20-Jul-13 17:28:29

Why - my dog loves the beach, especially swimming in the sea. I wouldn't dream on not keeping it under control though.
When my DCs were young I'd seek out dog free beaches. I've just been searching the net for info about beaches where we are going on holiday in the UK next month.
The beaches are divide into dog free, dog on a lead only or dog friendly. I will make sure I choose wisely.

Floralnomad Sat 20-Jul-13 17:28:35

I assume you were on a beach where dogs are allowed and in that case YABU because there are plenty of beaches where dogs are banned . If you were on a beach with a dog ban then you should have reported them .

Chickensarmpit Sat 20-Jul-13 17:29:09

I have a 4 year old whippet, i know not to take him where it gets busy.
It's not fair on families and especially young children.

@kittens. If you don't like the thread, you go away.

MrsKeithRichards Sat 20-Jul-13 17:29:20

I'm not a dog hater at all. Even spent a wee minute acknowledging the scruffy westie that was about when we were unleashing for our picnic. But when, after 39 minutes and the little rat had spent more time sniffingabout us and our lunch whilst it's owner's were blissfully unaware, reading their books, I had enough.

A quick 'oi sort yer dug oot' solved the problem.

Dorris83 Sat 20-Jul-13 17:29:29

Hmmm dogs on beaches because beaches are brilliant, there's loads of room to run and they can go swimming. My lab LOVES the beach.

Saying that, the experience you had does sound grim. Unfortunately irresponsible dog owners spoil it for good dog owners by allowing bad behaviour and not picking up their dogs' mess.

Our local beach only allows dogs off lead before 10am and after 6pm. I think that works for everyone...

IAmNotAMindReader Sat 20-Jul-13 17:30:25

Why are people allowed on beaches they ruin the intertidal area for its natural inhabitants and are an eyesore. I don't want to see their pale or overcooked bodies ruining a perfect landscape. Not to mention the litter they leave behind its a disgrace.

Eyesunderarock Sat 20-Jul-13 17:30:32

I do hate the fact that all my favourite places seem to be covered with litter left by picnickers ATM, why don't you take all your rubbish home with you?

MrsKeithRichards Sat 20-Jul-13 17:31:15

No there isn't flora, not one beach or park (bar the little bit with a fence where the equipment is) in my county, or the adjoining one, is 'dog free'.

bigbuttons Sat 20-Jul-13 17:31:16

round here( Brighton) dog owners seem to to think their precious pooches can go on any part of the beach, restricted or not. Drives me nuts

CoteDAzur Sat 20-Jul-13 17:31:23

YANBU. Dogs are not allowed on the beaches where we live, even on a leash.

Chickensarmpit Sat 20-Jul-13 17:31:24

We went to Talacre beach. It was jam packed and full of dogs.
Most were on leads and were no bother.

Some were just gits.

coffeeinbed Sat 20-Jul-13 17:32:11

Because most dogs come with an owner attached and owners quite like beaches too.

Or should they not be allowed too?

PhallicGiraffe Sat 20-Jul-13 17:32:53

Thankfully, a lot of beaches ban dogs in the summer. Yes, yes, you might be wonderful at looking after your darling little mutt, but there are always the inconsiderate arseholes than let their dogs piss and shit everywhere.

TimeofChange Sat 20-Jul-13 17:33:14

Most beaches have a No Dog area.

Many years ago I dog sat for a friend.
I'd never had a dog so was a bit naive about them.

We took him to the beach on a lovely sunny day, planning to go for a walk away from all the sun bathers and families on the dry sand.

I made the mistake of letting him off the lead when we got on the beach, instead of dragging him past everyone.

He cocked his leg up and peed all over a blouse that was hanging off a deck chair.

He then pooed on top of a sand castle.

I was mortified.
I had no idea that they could behave so badly!

I am now much more used to dogs and adore them.

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