Keep dogs OFF the beach please!

Does anyone else think that dogs should be completely banned off the leash on ALL beaches in Port Melbourne and St Kilda? I'm all for having dogs on a lead, but every time i even go for a walk it seems a random dog of the lead is walking up sniffing my crotch. Seriously, it's getting ridiculous. Not only that I'm always seeing dogs scuffling on the beach, and then the owner runs up and freaks out as if they were so surprised their dog would have a go at another dog.

Keep your dogs on a leash people!!
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CommunityMan 2yrs+
Hate having to watch where I step when going to the beach!
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AprilFlame 2yrs+
I think it's fair having dedicated areas for dogs to be off leash... I have dogs and enjoy spending time with them on the beach. So, no, I don't agree that leash free area should be removed. I often see people without dogs having picnics in the leash-free area, and get annoyed when dogs get close. Why? Don't like dogs, go to a dog free area.

I can understand that out of control dogs and random dog droppings can be a nuisance. Owners who can't control their dogs and don't pick up after their dogs are giving all dog owners a bad name.
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CommunityMan 2yrs+
I suppose it is about whether people with dogs use the off leash and on leash areas considerately. Some dog owners don't take enough responsibility for their dogs.
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AdamS 2yrs+
Hi creatineboy,

I feel your pain, especially in St Kilda, but I think it comes down to owners 'thinking' their dogs will be ok to be off the lead. I used to own a dog and I hated walking him and other owners wouldn't keep their dogs on the leash thinking their dog won't hurt anyone. Sometimes it's not about your safety, but rather the safety of their dog, because my dog would always take a swipe at other dogs off the leash. I would always look at the owners and basically say keep you're dog on a leash, or it's gonna get hurt!

AJ
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MattyD 2yrs+
...walking up sniffing my crotch... sounds like a personal hygiene issue to me?
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PureKrome 2yrs+
I don't have too much of a prob with dogs running around in leash-free zones. What pisses me off is when their owners think that they can let their dog-turds remain on the ground -- in those zones! if you're gonna let your dog off the leash, then make sure

1. u pick up all their turds.
2. u don't let them out of your site, so they might defecate without you seeing them.
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LauraM3 Mar 29, 2016
I agree that dogs and all domestic animals should not be allowed on beaches. On any beaches. Any time of the day. Any time of the year. Dogs are animals, and over 90% of the time are uncontrollable by owners. Dogs are just everywhere now, you can't enjoy a walk along the beach without a dog shitting in the sand, barking incessantly, pissing on people's clothing (yes, I have seen all of this while walking on the beach) and don't ever again think you can just lie down and listen to the waves. A dog will inevitably come charging up to you while you are lying on your towel. Owners of dogs seem to think that everyone "loves dogs". Well whether they do or they don't, there is no place for them on our beautiful beaches. Ever.
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