I had a bit of a situation at the swimming spot yesterday. First time ever I met people there without a dog as it's at this big off leash dog walking area. So I made the mistake of not checking them out first before I let Banjo out of the car and gave her permission to go ahead while I grabbed her lead and ball, assuming that there would be a dog in the water somewhere.
Big mistake! Turned out there was a young boy near the water's edge, fishing for guppies with a net. I had not seen him behind the reeds. When I did see him, he told me my dog pushed him in the water and showed his wet shoe. Ouch! Definitely won't let her go ahead again there!
I apologised and put Banjo on the lead to prevent her from causing any more trouble. Until a dog we knew arrived and I let her off knowing that she'd be distracted enough to not bother the non-dog people.
But she did walk up behind the woman sitting on the bench next to me and gave her a quick lick on her elbow. The woman squealed and turned to me and said "She licked me!" in a shocked tone, as if Banjo had just bitten her or something. And then I heard her ask her son if the dog had licked the bottle he left near the water and when he said yes (she might have sniffed it), she told him he could now not touch it anymore.
Next time I see people without dogs there, I think I'll just keep walking and go back later. Though fortunately they had moved to the other side of the pond when the woman with her 7mo newfie rocked up.
Obviously it's ok if people don't like dogs to come near them and my responsibility to keep my dog away from them, but it is quite annoying if they "invade" our dog spot.