Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: California's Central Coast
We don't technically have any dog beaches where I live but many beaches where the leash laws are overlooked. Depending on who's there, I've found dogs off leash on beaches more dangerous, at least in my area since there are regular civilians and children you must consider. Several years ago my husband was thrown flat on his back due to a dog running full speed that clipped him behind the knees. He was down and out the rest of the weekend. Someone with a chuck-it hit a non-dog woman in the face, breaking her eye glasses. We have had surfers go into the ocean and leave their dog unattended, becoming aggressive with ours. Also since so many people let their dogs run either very far ahead or behind, they miss picking up the poop.
If you find an official dog beach, it will probably be similar to a dog park, people know what the rules are, accept the chances of injury and are like minded. If that is the case, you will probably have a better experience than we've had.
I take my dog to a small, private beach, early some mornings. There are usually only mature surfers there. Once in a while we see an Aussie that is terrified of Molly. We are respectful of each other and wait to use the beach until the other is gone.