I've emailed the Parish clerk again but it's going to happen eventually.
There aren't many options for the pups if they ban them - a few enclosed footpaths where I can let them off lead but they aren't very long and I can't take them into the valley in the dark - too many obstructions and too little time in the mornings.
Does anybody exercise their dog solely on a lead now we have the dark nights and mornings ? It just doesn't seem that they would get enough exercise.
Weekends are fine - it's just the weekdays when I am at work.
Yes. In winter.
I guess though Erns is a little different with his hips, but he can't be off lead as he runs away and it is too muich for his hips, so always on lead. Summer he swims.
This is why I keep their brains busy.
If the parks here are wet Tessa can go a week or more without a good run at the park. She is easy going.
Gems I would have to give a good run somewhere once a week or she would start chasing her imaginery sheep all day.
A quick search of the Kennel Club's website threw this one up KC Urges Dog Owners to Fight Back Against Further Beach Bans in Lyme Regis - The Kennel Club I have to go out now, but I think their website will give you some help in how you can fight the ban.
do you have a yard?
if not do you have a set of stairs?
my dogs are rarely off leash in public spaces ( I don't trust other dogs)they get regular leash walks daily and heavy play sessions ... in our (small) yard and in a hallway or up and downstairs
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Find a nice big lit parking lot with little traffic, put on the leash, and start doing laps! I have done pile work, handling drills, walking baseball, you name it in lit low traffic parking lots for years after DST switches off. Use the BACK SIDE, and not the the "entrance side" of the parking lot. I also use the local soccer fields at night, and the folks are so used to me that no one says a word. But you MUST air the dog WELL before using a ball field, and have a baggie at hand for emergencies."
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Good luck Col! We used to have just a small patch of land at the condo, and no dog park there so walks on leash were the only way to go - and hall ball does work!