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No dogs in school playground. Is it ok to carry your dog in?

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LtEsmeHansard Wed 09-Nov-16 09:39:18

As long as they don't touch the ground?

Lots of parents with dogs at our school - mainly small ones - we are in a large city. It's right next to a busy road too so can't really leave them outside. Some used to tie them up in a corner of the playground but now the caretaker patrols that area to prevent it, so some parents are now carrying their small dogs in. I have not by the way, my routine doesn't necessitate taking my dog on the school run. Just seen a parent be asked by the deputy head not to carry her small breed dog in as the rule is "No Dogs" on school premises - but the reasoning for this has always been unhygienic in school playground. If dog doesn't touch ground then not unhygienic surely? So no harm done. Anyway thought I would put it to MN as it's something that I have idly wondered about over the school run years smile

Glitterspy Wed 09-Nov-16 09:41:01

No dogs means no dogs. Not carried, not tied up, not if it's just a small breed. What's hard to understand about that?

Lilaclily Wed 09-Nov-16 09:41:29

Agree with glitter no dogs at all!

CanandWill Wed 09-Nov-16 09:41:42

No dogs means no dogs. We have the same policy in my dc school for safety reasons.

Lucked Wed 09-Nov-16 09:42:36

Well no dogs is no dogs so no not okay. Do parents need to enter school premises beyond reception, can most children not be left at the gate?

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 09-Nov-16 09:42:45


PoisonousSmurf Wed 09-Nov-16 09:42:45

Maybe it's the only time in the morning that the OP can walk the dog on the school run?

squishee Wed 09-Nov-16 09:42:58

That depends. If you carry your dog is it no longer a dog?

LtEsmeHansard Wed 09-Nov-16 09:44:53

That's my thoughts poisonous. I know two parents who drop their kids, walk the dog at same time, drop dog and then off to work. Makes their life loads easier, I suspect this is the reasoning behind most of them though obviously I have not conducted a survey.

viques Wed 09-Nov-16 09:45:08

Well think about it logically, if your dog is on the floor and it bites a child the chances are it will bite them on their leg. If however you are carrying your dog, it will be at child face level , so if it bites..........

WorraLiberty Wed 09-Nov-16 09:45:14

No dogs allowed here, either on foot or carried in.

Saltedcaramelbrownie Wed 09-Nov-16 09:45:53

Just like if you carry a small child, the dog might struggle out of people's arms and jump out onto the playground.

budgiegirl Wed 09-Nov-16 09:46:25

YABU, if the rule is no dogs, then it's no dogs. I understand where you are coming from, but if they make an exception for small dogs being carried, then other dog owners could start to complain. It's easier just to keep the rules simple - no dogs.

DeathStare Wed 09-Nov-16 09:48:51

Maybe it's the only time in the morning that the OP can walk the dog on the school run?

If the only possible time you can walk your dog is when you are going to somewhere where dogs aren't allowed then you shouldn't have a dog.

Should I demand the supermarket lets my dog in because it's the only chance I have to walk my (hypothetical) dog?

JosephineMaynard Wed 09-Nov-16 09:50:05

I'd say no dogs means no dogs at all , whether on the ground or carried in arms.

NavyandWhite Wed 09-Nov-16 09:51:46

I don't agree with "no dogs" in the playground but if that's what the head has said then no dogs it is.

seminakedinsomebodyelsesroom Wed 09-Nov-16 09:51:52

No dogs means no dogs. I don't think it's schools job to enable parents to walk their dog.

Xuli Wed 09-Nov-16 09:55:15

No dogs means no dogs, and I highly doubt it's just for hygiene reasons so carrying them makes no difference.

DebratsEtiquette Wed 09-Nov-16 09:58:13

No dogs = no dogs. It's usually more about safety than hygiene though so school could communicate their reasons better to avoid this issue.

acornsandnuts Wed 09-Nov-16 09:59:35

I agree no dogs means no dogs.

Some Small dog breeds can be very intolerant of small children, the stress of hundreds of them shrieking could be very stressful. No dog is 100% trustworthy whether walking or carried.

TataEs Wed 09-Nov-16 10:00:45

no dogs means no dogs...
when do u draw the line? what if someone carried in a labrador? or a great dane?
dogs are left outside at our school.

countrybump Wed 09-Nov-16 10:04:07

No dogs means no dogs. Why can't they just wait outside/at the gate/at the fence with their dog, in our out of their arms?

I walk the dog at school drop off/collect time because it's convenient for me. Our school also has no dog policy, so if I'm dropping children off I say goodbye to them at the gate. If I'm picking up I either wait at the gate or by the fence so the children can see I am there but the dog is off school grounds. There's usually a line of us, all with dogs, standing there waiting for our children. It doesn't seem to be a problem for anyone.

And, if the teacher needs to speak to any of us about anything he or she just walks over to the gate or fence to speak.

Occasionally someone will tie their dog up if they need to go in for something - or someone else will offer to stand with the dog while they run in. Bit like with the children really - we just help each other out if needed!

acornsandnuts Wed 09-Nov-16 10:04:34

Would this be ok?

JustCallMeKate Wed 09-Nov-16 10:07:21

Dogs in the playground are a constant problem at our school. NO dogs signs mean just that, no dogs, whether carried or not. Why can't people abide by the bloody rules of no dogs and think their an exception?

JustCallMeKate Wed 09-Nov-16 10:07:35

They're not their

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