Ask The Hairy Dogfathers: Beach Bummed Out
Dear Hairy Dogfathers,
We’ve rented a cabin, right on the lake, for two weeks this summer. We rented it last summer as well, before we got our new puppy. Now, here’s the trouble. We love to spend time on the beach, that’s part of it, but there are signs posted everywhere saying: “NO DOGS ALLOWED ON THE BEACH.” Why are people so cranky? What should we do? We really want our new dog to learn to swim, and to spend time with us!
Regards, Beach Bummed
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Dear Beach Bummed,
You’ve just hit on one of my biggest irritants: outdoor spaces that don’t allow dogs. Unfortunately, I can’t explain why this is the case, it could be so many things. One thing you could consider is contacting the owners (or appropriate authorities) and asking for permission to bring your dog on the beach during off hours, or if there is another beach nearby you could take your dog. I have found that many times there are “less developed” areas near more popular beaches that are perfect to play with your furry friends. In the future, I would definitely recommend doing some research beforehand and finding somewhere that’s a little more dog friendly. Worst comes to worst – you could put your dog up in a nice kennel where they can play and have fun with other dogs while you get your beach time.
Have fun this summer!
I am sorry your relaxation time has hit a small snag! I sympathize with you; it’s not fun and doesn’t seem fair to ban dogs from the beach.
Some beaches have posted “No Dog” signs due to fears of E. Coli transmitted from dog waste. All it takes it a few “bad apples,” or in this case, a few thoughtless dog owners who didn’t clean up after their dogs, to ruin it for the rest of us.
My husband brings up a good point: do some research for dog friendly places to swim. More and more state and provincial parks have dog beaches, and even if they’re not official, there are likely some areas on the beach where the locals usually go swimming with their dogs. Ask around on the beach or if you see other dog owners in the area. Just be sure to clean up after your dog!
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