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  1. #1
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    Default CAn you get away with murdering dog walkers?

    Had a walk down my local river last night, fly rod in hand to waste a couple of hours. Ants were hatching all over the shop and there were lots of fish rising and filling their boots, mostly Dace but the odd Chub as well.

    All was going well till a dog walker appeared and promptly let his dog jump in the water right next to me, I asked politely if he would mind keeping his dog out of the water to which he more or less told me to get stuffed.

    I was changing a fly at the time and my rod was on the floor at which point the dog proceeded to jump over everthing including my rod. Luckily it wasn't damaged. Of course I took exception to this and gave him a piece of my mind and an argument followed. It seems he was under the impression he had a God given right to allow his dog in the water as I could fish anywhere and the area I was fishing was where his dog liked to go in. I informed him that there were signs up at various points instructing dog walkers to keep their animals under control as there is livestock in the field and also because Otters use the river.

    I was then blamed for every piece of litter he'd ever seen on the bank (mostly left by walkers and kids I hasten to add) and a whole host of other things besides. I wonder if he picks up every pile of **** his dog deposites?

    It kind of ruined my quiet evening somewhat. What is it with these people? The coutryside is there for everyone so why can't some people show a bit of common courtesy and respect for other users.

    Rant over.

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    Over time you can carefully manage the foliage along the riverbank to the extent that walkers etc are deterred, lots of brambles and nettles, barbed wire etc etc are effective. Obviously arrange separate access for fishermen.

    Try sprinkling a little pepper on top of dog droppings and areas they have marked with urine, also in odd places along the footpath, no dog owner would continue taking their dog for a walk in such places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunrider View Post
    Had a walk down my local river last night, fly rod in hand to waste a couple of hours. Ants were hatching all over the shop and there were lots of fish rising and filling their boots, mostly Dace but the odd Chub as well.

    All was going well till a dog walker appeared and promptly let his dog jump in the water right next to me, I asked politely if he would mind keeping his dog out of the water to which he more or less told me to get stuffed.

    I was changing a fly at the time and my rod was on the floor at which point the dog proceeded to jump over everthing including my rod. Luckily it wasn't damaged. Of course I took exception to this and gave him a piece of my mind and an argument followed. It seems he was under the impression he had a God given right to allow his dog in the water as I could fish anywhere and the area I was fishing was where his dog liked to go in. I informed him that there were signs up at various points instructing dog walkers to keep their animals under control as there is livestock in the field and also because Otters use the river.

    I was then blamed for every piece of litter he'd ever seen on the bank (mostly left by walkers and kids I hasten to add) and a whole host of other things besides. I wonder if he picks up every pile of **** his dog deposites?

    It kind of ruined my quiet evening somewhat. What is it with these people? The coutryside is there for everyone so why can't some people show a bit of common courtesy and respect for other users.

    Rant over.
    Sunrider

    All too regrettable common occurrence!

    I do sympathise.

    But could be a tad controversial!
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    There is a stretch of grass opposite our house that we have to cross when we walk our daughter to school. Dog walkers walk there dogs up here to a field further up the road, they keep the dogs on leads here as there is also a busy main road. I would say 90% of the owners are responsible and clear up the mess there dogs leave. But there is one woman in particular, who I had spotted from the house on a previous occasion, who lets her dog ****, walks a hundred yards further up the road then scuttles off home. Last sunday I was on the drive clearing out the back of the van when her and the dog came past. True to previous form, the dog did the business, in plain view of me, she loitered for a moment, bent down and fiddled with her shoe then walked off. I would have gone straight over but my blood was boiling and I think i would have ended up rubbing her nose in it. A mnute later she came back past on her way home. So I walked over with a plastic bag i had from the junk off the van, and asked her if she wouldnt mind taking her dog **** home with her. 'Oh, I forgot to bring a bag with me!' was her excuse. Pretty poor excuse, when the only reason she takes the dog out is so it can have a ****, so I offered her my bag which she took. We had an exchange of views, about the merits of dog **** all over your childs shoe. She then went of, and I enjoyed the spectacle of her retching as she picked the mess up. Havent seen her since then funnily enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPS View Post
    Try sprinkling a little pepper on top of dog droppings and areas they have marked with urine, also in odd places along the footpath, no dog owner would continue taking their dog for a walk in such places.
    Does that work? Never head that one before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitegoatie View Post
    Does that work? Never head that one before.
    I'm going to buy a shotgun, I'm pretty sure that would work.

    Bit extreme?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunrider View Post
    I'm going to buy a shotgun, I'm pretty sure that would work.

    Bit extreme?
    For the Dog, owner or both?

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    Just keep on with the pepper and you'll see the results, dogs sniff everything - including territorial markings. There are better substances that don't kill but they have serious effects, however I'm not going to tell them to anyone on a public forum. Pepper will do it. Just get permission from whoever owns the land and tell the gamekeeper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPS View Post
    Over time you can carefully manage the foliage along the riverbank to the extent that walkers etc are deterred, lots of brambles and nettles, barbed wire etc etc are effective. Obviously arrange separate access for fishermen.

    Try sprinkling a little pepper on top of dog droppings and areas they have marked with urine, also in odd places along the footpath, no dog owner would continue taking their dog for a walk in such places.
    If you're looking for a more efficacious approach, carry a catapult and when the dogs not looking ( no witnesses)skelp the owner on the a*** with a pebble you've lifted from the riverbank he won't want to walk his dog down that way again.

    I was going to recommend doing it the other way round but there would have been a major outcry.
    Tight Lines. :)

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    Our club is fortunate to have the section of the Dove fished by Walton and Cotton.It has a public footpath along most of it's length and has many thousands of walkers each year.It is signed to keep dogs on the lead, especially at lambing but all the year nonetheless.IME, only 25% of dogs are on leads.I have seen dogs chasing ducks and ducklings, had to kill a badly injured duckling mauled by a dog and regularly have them launch into the river whilst I am fishing.
    But the thing that does my tree in is finding little sealed polythene bags of dog **** stuffed into bushes.I assume the mentality is, look at me picking this up-now no-one is looking , dump it to avoid carrying it round with me.If they left it alone, it would degrade but in it's sealed bag
    There is (probably ) no such thing as a bad dog but there are hundreds of bad owners.And seemingly millions of bad parents but let's not go down that road
    Rob

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