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To think people who own dogs should walk them?

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BWatchWatcher Sun 23-Apr-17 09:53:31

Walking my son to his swimming lesson yesterday at the local pool I passed the following:

Guy standing in the middle of enclosed astroturf football pitches.
He had two large dogs off the lead, they were running around the pitch, peeing on it and generally being dogs.

On the other side of the path, guy sitting in enclosed and largely abandoned playground while his dog played.

Just 30 seconds away (really!!) from them was a greenway in which millions had been invested. Lovely paths, perfect for dog walking.

I have nothing against dogs, they are lovely. I'm sure the next guy out playing football on the astroturf will appreciate the dog pee.

CoconutOilWink Sun 23-Apr-17 09:57:35

Perhaps they had walked through the greenway and their dogs were having some off lead run around?

Sometimes dogs just need to burn off energy they don't always need to travel far. As long as it's not the same thing every day.

Now people that own dogs and think it's ok not to take them out of the house as they "have a big garden" is another story!

TakeASipOfDancingJuice Sun 23-Apr-17 10:00:05

The pee will dry and footballers normally gob everywhere don't they, I'd find that worse to slide in.

ScrumpyBetty Sun 23-Apr-17 10:01:27

Hmm. I do see where you're coming from. I wouldn't let my dog run around on astroturf.

However I often do go to local fields behind a park, and let my dog sprint around for a bit, but then I will take her off for a good walk too afterwards. She loves to run off the lead. Perhaps the people you saw had already walked their dogs, or were going to walk them afterwards?

Trifleorbust Sun 23-Apr-17 10:03:42

Letting your dog run around isn't an issue, surely? confused

Location should be appropriate of course.

Mermaidinthesea123 Sun 23-Apr-17 10:04:05

Yes they should. I recently joined a local site called Walk my Doggy even though I have cats at home as I like walking on the National Park but I'm a bit worried about going to some of the more remote places on my own so I was looking for a big dog to come with me. I offered one or two days at the weekend or to walk an elderly persons dog.
The replies I got were unbelievable, they were all from young people who wanted me to walk their dog morning and night everyday and look after their dog if they went away - for free of course.
I was absolutely disgusted, they had a dog but wanted some stranger to take care of it. I left the site after 6 months of people taking the piss.

madasa Sun 23-Apr-17 10:04:07

How do you know what happened before or after? My dogs are walked every day...they spend some time walking and some time off their leads running around like crazy things

Cantbeatatryer Sun 23-Apr-17 10:04:09

I'm with cocunut. Where I live we have gardens. The majority of people here don't walk the dogs and leave them outside to bark all day long. I don't understand getting a dog and then never walking it. Then they wonder why they have a bored and destructive dog that is finding it's own ways to burn off energy! confused

NormaSmuff Sun 23-Apr-17 10:05:06

my dh takes our dog for a walk to the rec and throws a ball for her. is this wrong? confused

i thought the thread was about actually taking dogs out of the house for a walk.

GloriaGilbert Sun 23-Apr-17 10:06:06

I probably wouldn't take my dog on astro at all, but certainly not before she had taken her morning constitution.

Imamouseduh Sun 23-Apr-17 10:07:20

dogs need to be walked and to have time off lead to run around. What a weird post.

Autumnsweater Sun 23-Apr-17 10:12:58

@Mermaidinthesea123 thats ridiculous! If you still want to borrow a dog without all that hassle, try the Cinnamon Trust they are a charity that help the elderly/ill get help looking after their pets. They have a database of dogs that need walks so you can choose them rather than being hassled by lazy people

HandbagCrazy Sun 23-Apr-17 10:15:16

I have 2 dogs - we walk a relatively short distance to a field then I let them off. This is because ddog1 is too old to walk further as her legs and hips get sore but ddog2 still has lots of energy to burn.

I don't really understand the point of your post to be honest. Dogs like to wander / sniff things and burn off energy on a walk - they don't care how far you walk them!

Autumnsweater Sun 23-Apr-17 10:16:06

OP, I think most people who do what you describe have dogs that can't go off-lead elsewhere - either because they are aggressive with other dogs or just untrained recall. So the owners are probably doing what's best for the dogs there - their dog still gets to run around in a safe environment and other dogs don't get hassled. Whether that's the best thing for the other users of the AstroTurf of course is another matter.

GloriaGilbert Sun 23-Apr-17 10:17:05

Mermaid I had some pisstakers on BorrowMyDog (is that what you mean?) just before I got my own dog.

I watched someone's dog for a week (after many walks, obvs), which was fine because I adored the dog. They left me a key so I dropped him back just as they were to return from the airport and guess what.... they never thanked me. I never heard from them again except 'Hey Gloria, do you want to collect doggy today?'

HerBluebiro Sun 23-Apr-17 10:17:29

Dogs need to walk run and play. Multiple times a day. Ideally some routine walks (so they know their patch. Helps to reduce their guarding instinct and therefore baking at home) and then some variety/longer walks for mental stimulation. Maybe weekend walks.

Think why they were domesticated - to guard, shepherd and hunt. It is only the last 150 years or so that the concept of pet came about in the uk. So let them guard your hamlet by taking them on patrol then take them out on a longer exploration or hunt walk. It is the latter of these that my dog does not get enough of and I do feel guilty but I've been spending the dry weekends getting my garden in order. It is amazing how much shrubs grow!

Astro55 Sun 23-Apr-17 10:17:40

We often walk the dog then park ourselves on a beach while he mooches for a bit!!

Ferrisday Sun 23-Apr-17 10:17:41

Sounds to me like maybe they both needed an enclosed area so their dogs didn't run off.
A greenway path(whatever that might be!) is not necessarily the best place to walk dogs.

On lead next to me is a really boring walk for my dog and doesn't burn off any energy.

Some need to be off lead and to sniff and to pee
The rain does wash away pee, even on AstroTurf

KateDaniels2 Sun 23-Apr-17 10:18:11

Our dog is walked everyday. For at least an hour AND has off lead time to run around and sniff at everything. At the end.

You may see me sat reading or mn'ing. Doesnt mean the dog hasn't had an actual walk.

Badcat666 Sun 23-Apr-17 10:24:35

Most dogs need a run around to burn off energy. I used to walk mine 20 mins to local huge park for her to have a mad run around and play with other dogs (and get cuddled by other dog owners) which kept her healthily and kept up her social skills. When I did my back in once I did sit on a bench whilst she played and ran about cos it bloody hurt running around with her!

It's like saying children should only be allowed to walk and not run around in parks! Maybe in your area there is an actual lack of safe green spaces for those dog owners to use. If I had a dog now no bloody way would I go to my local park in the evening cos its badly lit and full of teenage gangs drinking.

And footballers are forever gobbling and snorting their noses onto AstroTurf which is more vom inducing to me than dried up dog piss. (And a lot of places hose the AstroTurf down on a regular basis)

pilates Sun 23-Apr-17 10:28:40

Not acceptable to let a dog off the lead in an enclosed astroturf pitch or playground area imo and don't get me on football pitches.

Sparklingbrook Sun 23-Apr-17 10:29:24

Oh blimey are we really comparing dog piss and human spit on a Sunday morning? confused

Dogs don't belong on astroturf football pitches.

WeAllHaveWings Sun 23-Apr-17 10:32:52

The dog shouldn't be in the Astroturf pitches peeing, that is inconsiderate.

You don't know where they have walked before/will walk later, or whether the guy sitting down just fancied some fresh air and a seat and took the dog with him as he has mobility problems and another family member does the long walks.

YABU to make up judgements on snapshots you have seen.

Whatsforu Sun 23-Apr-17 10:33:42

I imagine the person in question let their dog relieve themselves and then give them a run in an enclosed area. Admittedly astro pitch not idea but as people are saying there are probably other bodily fluids on there. I guess it's no different to dogs peeing on a grass pitch, you can't pick up pee!!!! At least these people are out and about with their dogs and not leaving them in their garden as their daily walk.

AnnieAnoniMouse Sun 23-Apr-17 10:34:14


You have no idea what they did the other 23 hrs 55 minutes or the other 24/7/365.

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