It’s been chilly at Dog Beach lately, but the pups don’t seem to mind. Located at the end of Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach, Dog Beach offers a place for the pooches to unwind, socialize and get their feet wet all at the same time.
I’ve only recently felt comfortable taking my dogs off leash in public and, because the shoreline is set so far back from the chaos of the street, this has been a relaxing place to practice my recall and other techniques. You can go for a walk along the beach or the river depending on whether you want to be right in the middle of all the action or not.
One thing I’ve noticed taking my dogs on walks through the neighborhood is the unabashed judgement you get from other owners when you’re dog has the audacity to bark. I have yet to experience that at Dog Beach. Some dogs are perfectly behaved; others a little more … high-strung, shall we say. But as long as your dog isn’t violent, you’re welcome.
All photos by Annie Lane.