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    Hi all

    I was taking my dog for a walk on the beach and ...

    I saw a couple sitting up the top of the beach near the path back up to a car park, they never came down onto the hard sand or near the water.

    It seemed they had brought two dogs with them. One was a big - about GSP sized but not done growing puppy tan with a dark nose - that my dog enjoyed playing with.

    The other was a white staffy type dog with long legs - and her female bits were so swollen my friend and I thought they were dog balls - but they weren't. We were walking close to the water about 50 from where the couple were sitting.

    We caught the girl dog and had a good look - and she was definitely on heat.

    Would you have gone and spoken to the couple about letting an on heat dog roam a beach full of off lead dogs including entire males?

    Why we didn't?

    They clearly had either no clue about any dog laws because they were breaking so many of them or they just didn't give a stuff. They also had no idea about bitches on heat and the fights that can result.

    It wasn't quite 10am (dogs have to go on lead time) but they were
    letting both dogs chase wild life
    letting the puppy go up the beach, out of sight over 500m to 1000m away
    letting the puppy run into the dunes
    letting both dogs approach and harass other dogs and people up and down the beach - these were both scary looking strong dogs even tho they were also both friendly (phew).
    had no control over either dog - tho both dogs did check in occasionally with the couple.

    Having a bitch on heat on the beach is not illegal as far as I know but it is really dumb.

    So is there any point trying to approach dumb people with no idea how to keep their dogs safe (snakes in the dunes) or would you do what we did and just keep walking.

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    Not sure. I would have done one of two things, kept walking or mentioned that the bitch was on heat. I guess if I had had one of my boy dogs with me and he had reacted I would definitely have said something. People amaze me sometimes. No wonder the pounds are full of staffy crosses. They are such a popular dog and I have known many unsterilised bitches owed by people who didnt have a clue.

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    I dont understand why people don't have all dogs desexed! If you are not a breeder and you dont show your pet, there is no reason to have an entire dog or bitch! not having control of the dogs sort of says that they are not the most responsible owners to start off with but how are they going to cope with a littler of oops puppies!

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    Sometimes people want to wait until the bitch is 6 months old before they get it desexed - and sometimes that's too late.

    some people like to "let their bitch have a litter" to satisfy her motherly instincts - people like that should not be allowed to own a dog. Sigh.

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    I went and talked to the owner today...

    He knows the bitch is on heat so "he's watching her really closely".

    He wants to breed it with the other dog - so my guess is she's already pregnant or as good as because he thinks that "watching the bitch" (and not locking her up or keeping her on lead) will prevent pregnancy.

    Even while we were there - he was mostly looking at his phone - we were able to catch the bitch and check her out and he didn't notice.

    He did say he wanted to wait until she was older (she's only 7 months now), I suggested the doggy pill - which was news to him but then he said "his partner didn't believe in that" - so they're living in a world with pixies not science.

    And to top it off - he was aware of the 10am dogs on lead rule but broke that as well.

    And he thinks his dogs are savvy enough not to get bit by snakes (in the dunes) because they're from FNQ and the dogs were their first alert to when there were snakes around.

    Do the snakes in FNQ behave the same way as here? I don't think they have brown snakes there.

    Wasn't much point calling him stupid. But he will be around for a year or so - they're not on holidays - they've moved. ARGH. They're going to find Adelaide is a bit more rules bound than FNQ.

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    Sigh! no wonder the pounds are over flowing.

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    I guess it's Darwinian.

    I hope the ranger notices the dogs aren't under control and aren't wearing rego tags...

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    I tend to put Frosty on lead when I see people without dogs approaching.

    Especially if they're carrying a notebook on the beach (who does that? - council staff).

    We've been lucky the last few times down - that there has been no roast chicken debris in the dunes - or I lose her. Argh.

    She's always got her collar and tag on and I always have at least one lead with me and she doesn't chase seagulls...

    but she's got her fair share of naughty.

    She nearly goosed a lady with a big (walking) stick yesterday - because...

    I said it was because the lady looked like someone my dog knows and likes. But it was probably more like her butt smelt good (to a dog). It's a worry when my dog has the same move for "I like you" and "your butt smells nice".

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    In the situation you describe. I would of walked on.
    Partly, because, it is none of my business.
    Partly, because... your first post was fifty shade of f**ked. Where would you begin?

    And your update, was a perfect demo of why you would walk on past.

    In response to Cas. I dont desex my dogs till 18 months. I put bitches on the pill. Until ready to desex. And underestimated how determined a bitch in season can be, so had to get the morning after pill(s) too.
    There is responsible ownership for entire girls and boys. Regardless of breeding intentions. This couple wouldnt be interested in boring stuff like responsible ownership i reckon.

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