How do you feel about owners bringing their dogs on to beaches unchecked and without a leash?
Should they be banned in the high season especially on Blue Flag beaches?
The reason I ask these questions is despite signs clearly displaying dogs are prohibited on certain beaches, some owners think this rule does not apply to them! I am not totally unreasonable in that if dogs are kept on a leash and their poop is scooped and removed from the sand it would be a fair compromise. However, they aren’t and it’s not.
This “Piglet Rant” or “Victor Meldrew moment”
was finally prompted after many years of observing how some dog owners have a total disregard or respect for other beach users. Enough is enough! Yesterday, we were on the beach and we spotted 3 dogs whose owner seemed totally oblivious to the fact or possibly just chose to ignore that her dogs were cocking their legs and weeing over people’s belongings, my shoes included! Several pooh landmines were also left in the sand one being in the middle of a sandcastle just waiting for the unsuspecting child to discover or someone like me to “swelch” in, as I walked barefoot across the sand.
I am told by one of my dog loving friends who shared a quote from the revered Barbara Woodhouse “there are no bad dogs, just bad owners”
To be honest I do despair as we have twice experienced dogs relieving themselves on our possessions and witnessed the act on other peoples on numerous occasions. You shout at the owners but usually your protests fall on conveniently deaf ears, no apology just a hasty retreat…
Perhaps the sign should read…Please scoop the poop
I am genuinely frightened of dogs and it really annoys me when the owner says in complete surprise and tuts “He wont hurt you” as their huge wet, sandy and very excitable hound bounds over to greet me…
Please share your opinion for and against!
Does anyone know the law regarding dogs on Blue Flag beaches?