This story is more of a whinge. I like to run at the beach and there’s often a few dogs around, off their leads having a great time. Now I like dogs, it just annoys me, while I’m running along, I’m suddenly getting tripped up by a dog ‘because if wants to play’. It’s also frustrating when a dog decides it wants to follow me and not return back to its owner. I have no problem sharing the beach but, if your dog is off lead, please make sure it is under your control 100 per cent of the time! Whinge over!

Posted anonymously, 12th January 2015

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  • Dogs freak me out when I am at the beach, I don’t understand why people let them run free, go and find somewhere where its allowed


  • I am a dog walker and I agree with you 100%. There’s nothing scarier then being out walking my dogs and have another huge thing bound our way. I usually freak out and walk quickly on the other direction. I love it when ppl say ‘it’s ok, he won’t hurt you.’ Thing is, you have no idea how your dog will interact with mine, so please don’t presume


  • I am a dog lover and I understand what you are saying.
    If dogs are off lead they are still meant to be under the owners control.


  • its a good story to read


  • nice story


  • I get annoyed by the owners who don’t pick up their dogs poo or leave it tied up in bags for others to pick up.


  • I understand what you are saying. Often people think their small dogs aren’t a problem, but I find size doesn’t matter. Little dogs often cause more mayhem at our local beach than big dogs. (I’m an owner of a small dog, so I’m not discriminating against them!) Owners just need to be aware of what their dogs are doing at all times in public.


  • I totally understand and agree. I have a dog and I know they can be excitable etc but if there is someone walking towards us (and in particular running) i will generally put him back on the lead


  • GREAT article and you have very warranted points. Well written and I do understand and agree with you.
    And you know what this also kinda happens to me when I go walking, I am approaching another walker on the path, this walker has a dog and the dog decides to sniff or jump up on me. Some times we just want to do and go about our own activity in peace and not be bothered. :-)

    • I agree with you. What’s more if your dog was very defensive it could result in a fight between them.


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