Now I'm aware that a dog to many owners is an important member of their family so any criticism of their pooch's behavior is likely to bring forth howls of indignation and protest .........and they'd be right because it's the owners themselves not the animal that should be brought to heel. Not all of us want to share our pitch with someone elses uncontrolled hound nor do we want to listen to it howling or barking through the night or pick up its mess before we can occupy a pitch.
Over recent years I've experienced very few unpleasant episodes whilst camping as most people are on the whole pleasant, friendly and considerate. However of those rare occasions that I can recall, the majority have involved poorly controlled dogs.
On one occasion we had food stolen from our awning in broad daylight. Another episode involved two ladies with at least three dogs which they shut in a van overnight. These animals howled and barked constantly until very late at night where upon I finally lost patience and let forth with comprehensive instructions to the owners at full volume. They must have taken the hint as the dogs were moved to their caravan and silence prevailed. Only last week I had trouble with another hound on a site near Hindhead. Every time I started to cook this persistant creature appeared from nowhere. As soon as the raw sausages and bacon were revealed this mutt stuck to me like a limpet. Any amount of course language, hissing and chasing seemed to have little effect. All this was going on whilst the owners were presumably enjoying a peaceful time in their tent or caravan. Eventually half a bowl of cold washing up water seem to pursued it to Foxtrot Oscar. I've lost count of the number of times over the years that a meal or picnic has been interrupted by the sudden arrival of an uncontrolled opportunist four legged stomach. Your then left with no choice but to hold your plates of food out of reach whilst trying to ward off it's attempts to sniff or devour any food spread out within it's reach. When the owner eventually appears you are often greeted with words like "Oh he won't hurt you, he's an old softy really" but rarely an apology.
My point being that I appreciate others love for their pets but that doesnt mean I want you to share them with me. Please keep them under control. If I wanted a dog I'd probably already have one!
Please ignore this post if you are one of the majority of responsible owners. Enjoy.