Charging for dogs on sites

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  1. Janine

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    We bit the bullet and recently forked out an extra £5 per night for the dogs when we booked a site near Bath because that was where we wanted to stay.

    I'm noticing that a lot of sites are charging £1 - £2.50 per dog per night.

    Is this to discourage dog-owners or is it a 'stealth tax' because so many motorhomers/caravanners take their dogs on holiday with them?
     
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    My Goodness! £5.00 is a bit extravagant but if that site was where you wanted to be you had no option.

    I believe charging for a dog is a stealth tax. Thankfully most owners in the UK pick up now even if receptacles are not provided. I'm sure the charge is to cover those that don't have control over their animals, either behavior or toilet requirements.

    Once again those who comply are made to pay for those who do not!
     
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    We recently stayed a couple of nights at Loch Ken and were charged £2 a night for our dog. The site had excellent dog walking adjacent (public footpaths so no cost to the site) but they had provided dog bins at all access points, which were regularly emptied. I thought a charge was quite reasonable under these circumstances as something was provided, however I do object to those sites which charge without actually providing anything for the money.
     
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    I was charged £2.00 per night for my dog at Lake Bala and no bins were provided and no dog walking area either! Fortunately there was a walk next to the site up into the hills so Storm was well catered for.

    It annoys me though, my dog costs them nothing, as I clean up after her. I can understand if facilities specific to dogs are provided by the campsite and they then charge a bit - feel £5.00 is a bit pricey though!

    But needs must when the devil drives as the old cliche says!:cry:
     
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    >> Charging for dogs on sites

    For a moment I thought you'd got an electric dog.

    Ace idea or what !

    No emission problems.

    Turn the damned thing off when you tire of it's yapping.

    Not only bite burglars but electrocute them.
     
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    Go on, I'll bet it's a Chihuahua.
     
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    Janine Funster Life Member

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    Have you thought about going on Dragon's Den? :Rofl1:
     
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    In your dreams! :BigGrin:

    She's a proper dog! she doesn't yap, does bite if you look at her wrong and eats Rottweilers for breakfast! :Wink:
     
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    the only thing my dogs charge up on is natural gas.....now if I could capture and bottle it, that would make lpg redundant :Rofl1:
     
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    I do like dog owners who clean up.

    Tell me though if your dog is 300 hundred yards ahead of you and takes a cr*p out of sight of you, how do you clean up?
     
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    Simple - my dogs are always on leads :Smile:
     
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    My dog doesn't get 300 yards ahead of me is the simple answer! :Wink:

    But I recall your post about someone letting their dog out in winter and not cleaning up after it because they couldn't see where the dog had messed.

    I was camped out this weekend (carriage driving event, so camped beside a track) and some bright spark had taken their dog out for a walk and allowed their dog to poop right next to our friends tent in the track that the carriages and horses went down. Makes me mad! (and yes I did clean it up! )
     
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    Walking in the woods this morning with Meg. Most of the dog owners do clear up (not all though I'm afraid) but some of the wider tracks have huge mounds of horse cr*p which nobody even suggests they should clear up.:Eek!:
     
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    I'm just looking at sites for our holiday in Cornwall in September.

    This is the charging system for a Caravan Club CL I looked at...

    Price and booking guide

    From 1 May until 1 Oct
    £14 per Pitch with EHU + 2 adults
    From 1 May until 1 Oct
    £5 per Adult
    From 1 May until 1 Oct
    £3 per Child
    From 1 May until 1 Oct
    £2 per Awning
    From 1 May until 1 Oct
    £1 per Dog
    From 1 May until 1 Oct
    £2 per Extra car
    MVs min 3 days

    Milking it or what??? That makes it more expensive than an all-singing all-dancing club site!
     
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    Hey, we had a Chihuahua once. He was a terror. Would run under Alsations and chew off their genitals. Didn't half spook them.
     
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    Neither do sheep, cows, badgers, rabbits, foxes, wild boar, hares, wildebeest. OK, you don't want dog crap in the kid's playground but there are places where it is quite natural.
     
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    I wasn't having a go at dog owners by the way.

    I was in Wales over Easter and the track from the site to the beach was a minefield of dog mess. My Mum's two spaniels were nowhere to be seen , yet she is meticulous in terms of cleaning up their mess.:Doh:
     
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    We thought of taking Toby our jack Russell to Lake Garda with us a couple of years ago and one site we liked wanted €7 a night I emailed them asking what he got for this price and if he could use the water slides I got an email back telling me I wasn't welcome :Rofl1::Rofl1:. In the end we didn't take him as we planned on doing a few day trips and wouldn't be fair on him stuck in MH all day in about 35 degrees.
     
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    That's because horse crap is benevolent dung, which smells only of vegetable matter and is such a valuable manure product I'm surprised that you didn't grab it yourself. Dog and cat crap is very unpleasant and not helpful to gardeners at all - no-one likes it!

    Catherine
     
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