If your dog is over 20 lbs or may frighten our dogs, enjoy the beach but PLEASE do not walk along with us. 

This event exists because many of our dogs will not play near larger dogs, no matter how gentle they are.​

This event exists to give small dogs a chance to socialize and exercise with minimized interruption and fear. ​ ​Many of our small dogs won’t play near larger dogs (even gentle ones). Some of our dogs are scared to death of bigger dogs. Because we walk, it is easy for dogs that don’t fit our profile (e.g., over 20 lbs., rough players) to let us pass by or to walk in the opposite direction.

The event has served thousands of small dogs, many of which have been socialized for the first time (including many adopted rescues and young puppies). We share the beach with many people (including children) and big dogs, but we keep moving along the beach so no disturbance needs to last more than a few moments if we simply separate any dogs not getting along.



Dogs lose track of their humans very easily in the crowd. In 10 seconds your dog can lose sight of you, panic, and run.

- enjoy conversations, but check in with your dog constantly​

- do not bring a newly adopted dog until you know she/he will return to you when called

- put your mobile phone number on your dog's collar or harness, and keep your phone on

This is an Off-Leash Event​​​​​​​​


Leashes are discouraged at our walks, simply because dogs cannot socialize or exercise together when leashed. Some dogs get very frustrated seeing others play when they cannot. There are many ways to train your dog for off leash play; you can find some good tips by searching the internet for "recall training." If you must use a leash, please use a 4 to 6 foot cloth or leather leash. Long leashes, especially retractable leashes, can be dangerous to other dogs and people.




This group walks completely within off-leash-legal areas.​


San Francisco's Ocean Beach has two legal jurisdictions - north of Stairwell 21 (from Beach Chalet to Cliff House) and south of Stairwell 21 (Beach Chalet to Sloat Blvd). As of Summer 2015, leashes are still not required north of Stairwell 21, but leashes are required if you take your dog south of Stairwell 21.


Each dog owner is responsible for keeping their dog's off-leash activities within legal areas. Expensive tickets are sometimes issued for violating leash laws. Ocean Beach leash laws may be changing, so please keep an eye on the news and notify the group if you learn of any changes or updates.

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