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Are dog beaches a good idea? 


Dear Editor

I read with interest your front page article on “Dog beach is a first”.

Initially, I thought the idea of allocating part of a beach in Las Palmas for dogs only was a good one but on reflection, it might be fraught with difficulties.

I am a dog owner and I do agree that pets like nothing better than being let loose on a deserted beach and to run at will in and out of the water.

Unfortunately, it’s not a perfect world and humans as much as dogs can’t always do what they want.

Beaches and dogs probably don’t mix. The only way to do this would be to allocate one entire beach purely for dogs and their owners.

How would this beach in Gran Canaria be split? It would probably be divided by a rope and with all the best will in the world, some dogs are bound to be too enthusiastic and stray on to the area for humans.

If the part of the beach was to be used only at special hours for dogs, I really can’t see that all dog owners will clean up after their pets. It would be impossible to have someone on duty all the time to make sure people clean up if their dogs mess the sand and even if doggie bins were provided, it doesn’t mean to say their owners will oblige.

I can foresee other problems too. Wouldn’t dogs fight or even jump up at other bathers nearby?

I know beaches are supposed to be for everywhere but it might just be better to allow dogs on leads along promenades and not on beaches at all. What do other readers think?

J George, Los Cristianos