This event runs itself, which is the most successful outcome imaginable. There's no leader, just the guidelines (2nd button above) that have kept the event problem-free for years.

 

My name is James. I started this event for my beloved dog Jesse when she was 2 years old in 2006. She was extremely athletic and social, but her fear of some large dogs often thwarted her fun and exercise. I organized a few small dog groups prior to this one, from which I learned what would work. This group has sure proven to work well for many thousands of dogs and people.

 

THIS EVENT BELONGS TO YOU & YOUR DOGS

 

While I'm very proud to have created this, it is now YOUR event. From July 2006 until sometime in 2009 I maintained a "leader" role, and I attended the walk almost every week, even when Jesse was seriously ill. Now I rarely attend, Jesse has slowed down considerably in her senior years, and when we come we just blend into the crowd.

If you decide to attend, please help uphold the guidelines that have successfully kept this event alive. Many dogs and people benefit in many ways, and it is up to every individual there to keep it safe and enjoyable for everybody.

We wish you and your dogs many years of continued happiness and beach walking.

 

Warmly,

 

James & Jesse

This is an Off-Leash Event​​​​​​​​

WATCH YOUR DOG CAREFULLY - IF THEY CAN'T SEE YOU THEY MAY PANIC AND RUN


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.

 

LEASH LAW  (EXPENSIVE TICKETS FOR VIOLATIONS)

 

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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