Is it OK to take a dog into the toilet somewhere muddy like an RSPB nature reserve

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Formermousemat Thu 16-Jan-20 19:39:20

I know this is probably a weird question but I'm a first time dog owner.

I would never take my dog into the loos somewhere nice obviously, but there is an RSPB nature reserve I would like to visit on my own, on foot. It's too far away for me to not need the loo while I'm there. I won't have a car with me and wouldn't feel secure leaving her on her own outside the loo.

My dog would be on a leash and she wears a muzzle.

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adaline Thu 16-Jan-20 19:46:32

I have done in similar situations.

There was nowhere to tie him up outside and I was on my own and needed a wee!

Needs must...

WisestIsShe Thu 16-Jan-20 19:47:24

That sounds ok to me.

CreekIsRising Thu 16-Jan-20 19:50:18

I wouldn't take a pet dog to a bird reserve anyway.

Runkle Thu 16-Jan-20 19:52:01

I've done it a few times. Even rested toilet roll on his back once!

Clymene Thu 16-Jan-20 20:00:13

I do. And I take my dog to reserves all the time. He is always on the lead if he's likely to disturb wildlife smile

74NewStreet Thu 16-Jan-20 20:02:00

I wouldn’t take a dog there either.

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MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Thu 16-Jan-20 20:03:45

Dogs aren’t usually allowed in nature reserves?

Gabrielknight Thu 16-Jan-20 20:04:03

Check your actually allowed a dog. Many rspb reserves don't actually let you as the disturb the birds. I'd never actually take my dog to one even if they they allows dogs

bobstersmum Thu 16-Jan-20 20:04:43

The one nearest to me doesn't allow dogs.

Wolfiefan Thu 16-Jan-20 20:07:57

Yep I wouldn’t take a dog either.

Formermousemat Thu 16-Jan-20 20:39:12

Thank you everyone.

I checked and this one does allow dogs but only if they stay on a lead at all times. Will have a think about it though.

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adaline Thu 16-Jan-20 20:42:04

Our local nature reserve is ridiculously popular with dog walkers.

itstrue Thu 16-Jan-20 21:19:50

I'd never leave my dog tied up outside the toilets in case someone stole her! She always comes with me or I wait until I get home.

Motorina Thu 16-Jan-20 22:20:49

I will do this as a matter of routine. In a small cubicle, negotiating the three of us round the door can be tricky, and someone likes to try and raid the tampon bin. But otherwise all good. I figure if my muddy shoes are going in, then dog paws won’t do any harm.

XXcstatic Fri 17-Jan-20 19:33:12

I do, though I would put my head round the door before taking her in, to check there are no small children who might be scared by her.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 17-Jan-20 19:50:09

I would if it was accessed from outside, not from within the visitor centre. Our local one has both. It also has a 'dog friendly' route - I guess they've realised that among their million or so members they've doubtless got a lot of dog owners.

(The only other type of pet I've seen there was the bloke who had a tame duck ... seriously, he had it in the hide. grin)

AvocadosBeforeMortgages Fri 17-Jan-20 21:15:48

I've taken the dog into toilets before now. Needs must - if I'm with someone I'll get them to hold DDog, but otherwise he comes into the cubicle with me.

FenellaMaxwell Fri 17-Jan-20 21:18:39

Our local place that allows dogs allows them in the shop, cafe, loos..... I wouldn’t even think twice about it!

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