Dogs on court

happyloman

Semi-Pro
People bringing their dogs (not one dog, but DOGS, plural) onto the tennis court....

I've seen some foul chocolatey looking pile of dog poop on court. (I assume they're dog poop, and not human poop)

One guy took up two courts (he closed all of the gates) -- these were side-by-side tennis courts, so his dogs can have the whole run of the courts to themselves while he practiced.

Seriously?
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
In winter I take my dog on court to throw balls with her. As long as the owner cleans all messes and only uses a court when no one else is there. I've certainly never gone on a court when people were playing tennis.
 

OrangePower

Legend
People bringing their dogs (not one dog, but DOGS, plural) onto the tennis court....

I've seen some foul chocolatey looking pile of dog poop on court. (I assume they're dog poop, and not human poop)

One guy took up two courts (he closed all of the gates) -- these were side-by-side tennis courts, so his dogs can have the whole run of the courts to themselves while he practiced.

Seriously?
In general, I'd rather have someone bring their dogs on court than their kids... :)

EDIT: I was thinking in the context of dogs/kids by the bench while we are playing tennis on the court. I have no problem with dogs and / or kids having fun on an unused court, as long as they are not damaging the court surface, and do not leave poop on the court ;-)
 
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MathGeek

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In my neighborhood, courts are overbuilt, and there are many times a dog owner can have both courts in a gated area, close the gates, and have lots of fun. There are fewer and fewer places that are welcoming to pets, and I'd hate to see the tennis courts restricted.

I don't mind children either. Last week a kind gentleman asked if he could borrow an extra ball to play with his daughter on the adjacent courts (other side of a fence). I didn't get to watch them much due to my match, but it was great watching a toddler chase the tennis ball around and then see her shyly return the ball to us when she was done.

Figuring out ways to put more people on the tennis courts rather than less, be more welcoming rather than less, is the key to long term public support for maintaining the facilities.
 

coloskier

Legend
Having three dogs, I have found out the hard way that you don't want to take your dogs to chase tennis balls in a tennis court at any time unless you want to deliberately rip the pads off their feet. It's not a pretty sight.
 

RetroSpin

Hall of Fame
All the public courts in my area have signs explicitly banning dogs. People still bring them in, sometimes when other people are playing. I have found dog doo on the court. One set of courts is in a park. City law and park signs require dogs to be on a leash. Many owners immediately turn their dogs loose when in the park. WTF is wrong with you dog owners? Seriously? I know you love Fido but keep him on a leash and keep him out of the courts.
 
Once I brought my giant dog to my USTA match and tied him to the outside of the fence. He wagged his tail at me when I went by him to get the balls but barked at my opponent when they did the same. Needless to say, the opponent wasn't happy and I was expecting to a hear an USTA complaint which never happened.
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
All the public courts in my area have signs explicitly banning dogs. People still bring them in, sometimes when other people are playing. I have found dog doo on the court. One set of courts is in a park. City law and park signs require dogs to be on a leash. Many owners immediately turn their dogs loose when in the park. WTF is wrong with you dog owners? Seriously? I know you love Fido but keep him on a leash and keep him out of the courts.
My dog off leash is likely better behaved than most people's kids. All she wants to do is fetch a ball. Certainly during peak human hours I will hoof it to an off leash park. But at quiet times I see no issue with taking her leash off for a few tosses of the tennis ball.

Sadly there are bad owners that ruin it for the rest of us.
 

Bluefan75

Professional
All the public courts in my area have signs explicitly banning dogs. People still bring them in, sometimes when other people are playing. I have found dog doo on the court. One set of courts is in a park. City law and park signs require dogs to be on a leash. Many owners immediately turn their dogs loose when in the park. WTF is wrong with you dog owners? Seriously? I know you love Fido but keep him on a leash and keep him out of the courts.
People ask me why I hate dogs. I don't hate dogs. Dogs do what dogs are going to do.

The hate belongs with the dog owners.

We have a work league, and the company owns some recreation grounds, which includes 4 courts. Of course, some genius thought it would look pretty to have grass(not Wimbledon grass, just grass like your yard) around the courts(about 6 feet past the baselines) and in between(pretty much right up to the doubles alleys.) One night I was early for a match, and saw a guy walking his dog and letting it run wild through the areas, then played a match. I was tempted to walk over and act as though I was going to take a leak right there in the grass behind their court. Tell him since he didn't think anyone else would have a problem having to get balls in areas his dog might have pee'd, he wouldn't have a problem going through my pee in his court.

Some people think the fact they own a dog means everything else goes out the window and they have free reign....
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
Having three dogs, I have found out the hard way that you don't want to take your dogs to chase tennis balls in a tennis court at any time unless you want to deliberately rip the pads off their feet. It's not a pretty sight.
I bring my dog to our local park every time I play. He fetches his frisbee during water breaks, changeovers etc. I always check his paws but there hasn't been an issue. Of course these are really worn courts which is probably why they don't hurt his paws and I would never take him to the court for the purpose of 'running' him like some people do. That's what grass is for.

Here he is in a frisbee comp not too long ago! (green frisbee above tent)

 

Bluefan75

Professional
In my neighborhood, courts are overbuilt, and there are many times a dog owner can have both courts in a gated area, close the gates, and have lots of fun. There are fewer and fewer places that are welcoming to pets, and I'd hate to see the tennis courts restricted.

I don't mind children either. Last week a kind gentleman asked if he could borrow an extra ball to play with his daughter on the adjacent courts (other side of a fence). I didn't get to watch them much due to my match, but it was great watching a toddler chase the tennis ball around and then see her shyly return the ball to us when she was done.

Figuring out ways to put more people on the tennis courts rather than less, be more welcoming rather than less, is the key to long term public support for maintaining the facilities.
Fewer and fewer? A)You need to tell me where these places are, because that sure has not been my experience, and b) do you suppose the fact people who have pets have completely abused the privilege has anything to do with it? The next time someone equates their dog or cat to someone's kid.....
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
Fewer and fewer? A)You need to tell me where these places are, because that sure has not been my experience, and b) do you suppose the fact people who have pets have completely abused the privilege has anything to do with it? The next time someone equates their dog or cat to someone's kid.....
I never equate dogs with human beings, because its quite clear that dogs are superior in far too many ways. Loyal, never complaining, never back-stabbing or criticizing, just happy to be around you, always game for anything you want to do with them, willing to work for literal peanuts. Man may be smarter and have opposable thumbs, but that's about all he's got over dogs.
 

RetroSpin

Hall of Fame
My dog off leash is likely better behaved than most people's kids. All she wants to do is fetch a ball. Certainly during peak human hours I will hoof it to an off leash park. But at quiet times I see no issue with taking her leash off for a few tosses of the tennis ball.

Sadly there are bad owners that ruin it for the rest of us.
They all say that. Then when he bites someone, they're like" wow he's never done that before. What did you do to upset him?"

See the problem is, I don't know anything about your dog. So I have to assume he may be aggressive. Of course, dogs do not react well to people who are fearful or anxious, so the problem is compounded. Personally, I grew up around a lot of dogs and they don't scare me easily. I have female friends who are terrified of them however, no matter how small.

You avoid a lot of problems if you obey the leash law and keep fido under control.
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
They all say that. Then when he bites someone, they're like" wow he's never done that before. What did you do to upset him?"

See the problem is, I don't know anything about your dog. So I have to assume he may be aggressive. Of course, dogs do not react well to people who are fearful or anxious, so the problem is compounded. Personally, I grew up around a lot of dogs and they don't scare me easily. I have female friends who are terrified of them however, no matter how small.

You avoid a lot of problems if you obey the leash law and keep fido under control.
Those owners are almost always lying. It's rare for a properly trained and socialized dog to behave badly. The problem lies with owners unwilling to take the time to socialize their dogs properly or even attend one obedience course. These dogs become the problem and now you and the general public need to be wary of all dogs.

My dog is always under control whether on leash or off. But that's because she's been socialized and trained to her Companion Dog level. And she's a biddable breed. But I get that others wouldn't know that, which is why she's rarely off leash in crowded public places or at peak hours. I think its too bad that we have to have strict leash laws as its completely possible to train a dog so that it will behave in public areas. Just so few bother to do it.

If you talked to anyone that has done high level obedience, agility, or field training with their dogs I'll bet you'll struggle to find one that has had an issue with bad behavior.

Some children grow up to be rapists, thieves, drug dealers, mass murderers and serial killers, yet they get any freedom they so desire. And probably their parents say "they were never like that before."
 

Turbo-87

Hall of Fame
They all say that. Then when he bites someone, they're like" wow he's never done that before. What did you do to upset him?"

See the problem is, I don't know anything about your dog. So I have to assume he may be aggressive. Of course, dogs do not react well to people who are fearful or anxious, so the problem is compounded. Personally, I grew up around a lot of dogs and they don't scare me easily. I have female friends who are terrified of them however, no matter how small.

You avoid a lot of problems if you obey the leash law and keep fido under control.
Very well said. I am a dog lover but always assume any loose dog will be an aggressive one. I was mowing my girlfriend's fenced in back yard yesterday and a pair of chocolate labs scared the crap out of me. They wanted to see what I was doing since I left the gate open. I normally love dogs but was pretty worried I was in for it. Luckily they barked a bit and ran away. You have to always assume they are going to be aggressive and it would be silly to think otherwise until you are proven wrong.
 

MathGeek

Hall of Fame
I was bitten once by a dog that did not have a rabies vaccine, so it was a bit tense during the quarantine period. I was mowing the lawn and didn't see it approach.

On another occasion, a German Shepherd chased my young children who were riding their bikes until I settled him down with a whack from an appropriate implement. His owner saw the whole thing, tried to call him back, and kept him much better controlled after that. (We often rode in that neighborhood.)

Being an avid mountain biker, I've been chased a lot. Usually, it is easy enough to outrun them, but I am willing to stop and tangle if I can't. There's not much most pet dogs can really do to a 200+ lb man with some experience, training, and improvised weapons. Even when I carried concealed, I never felt the need to shoot one.

When we raised sheep some years ago, we often had a rottweiler come around looking for trouble on a regular basis. This was the closest I got to shooting one. It was a big animal who could hurt most people. Eventually, the rottweiller wandered into a fenced in area. Since I am the better rifle shot, I covered her with the rifle, while my wife (armed with a pistol) went outside and quickly closed the gate to capture the rottweiler for animal control who took him away never to be seen again. We shot a number of coyotes when we raised sheep, but gave dogs that were likely pets the benefit of the doubt.

In my view, a dog in a secure fence (including a tennis court) is as good as a dog on a leash. If they don't leave poo lying around and they keep it to times of low use, I'm not gonna complain, regardless of what the sign says. I view most parks, lakes, and public facilities the same way. I don't mind sharing with well behaved dogs, regardless of the rules.

I once owned a couple of golden retrievers who were escape artists. Before I provided sufficiently secure fencing, they escaped, got into a neighbors chicken coop, and did a lot of damage. I apologized profusely, asked how much the neighbor needed to cover his losses and feel like he was whole financially, and wrote the check.

If you don't mind if I use the necessary force if your dog threatens my children, my person, or my livestock, and if you clean up their poo, I doubt I'll be the first to complain if you let them run a bit here and there. It would have been cheaper to replace my golden retrievers than all the chickens they killed.
 

bktennis78

New User
A few years ago a manly looking lady with her girly looking husband was walking their dog behind the court fence. They couldn't control their dog because he was going crazy with all the tennis balls on our court that he could see through the fence. The b*tch (the lady) had a fit and told us she can't control her dog because he's going crazy with all the balls and told me to move the balls. There are other courts full of players so I fired back "lady I love your dog and I'll be happy to move my balls so you can gain control of your dog but being a public tennis facility with 6 other courts full of players, there's going to be a LOT of balls ya crazy woman!" The dog smiled and the lady froze mouth open but her husband started yammering "omg I can't believe..." something else I couldn't hear. Got a few laughs at that one.
 

kingcheetah

Hall of Fame
There's one lady that brings her little yapper in her purse to d1 indoor matches I've watched, One day I'm gonna challenge the notion by bringing my labs in to see how people react :mad:
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
You guys have heard of service dogs, right? Well my dog has really improved my forehand, he always reminds me to 'tap the dog'.
 

NLBwell

Legend
In general, I'd rather have someone bring their dogs on court than their kids... :)

EDIT: I was thinking in the context of dogs/kids by the bench while we are playing tennis on the court. I have no problem with dogs and / or kids having fun on an unused court, as long as they are not damaging the court surface, and do not leave poop on the court ;-)
Parents are so irresponsible these days. You'd think they wouldn't let their kids poop on the court.
 

OrangePower

Legend
Parents are so irresponsible these days. You'd think they wouldn't let their kids poop on the court.
True story - my nephew (wife's sister's kid) once pooped on the floor under our dining room table when he was 3 or so.
My dog on the other hand has never done that...
 

WYK

Hall of Fame
I love most dogs, and have spent thousands of hours volunteering in Greyhound rescue. I would never bring my hounds to the courts, and when others bring their dogs, I inform them it is not allowed(whether they listen or not, they at least must be told). I dislike children even more, but I have never seen a child drop a biscuit on the service line. Please stop being so selfish and bring your dogs to the park or somewhere else meant for them. Tennis courts are absolutely not a place for dogs.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Fewer and fewer? A)You need to tell me where these places are, because that sure has not been my experience, and b) do you suppose the fact people who have pets have completely abused the privilege has anything to do with it? The next time someone equates their dog or cat to someone's kid.....
Yeah, there is no equating the 2. As Bill Burr mentions the stakes are raised with dogs in the 1st 45 seconds:

 

Turbo-87

Hall of Fame
What do you all think of people who play annoying songs like Who Let the Dogs Out on Bluetooth speakers on adjacent courts? At the same time, people who aren't even playing set their stuff on your bench and your partner starts calling a 40-30 score ad-in and then proceeds to take a 93 second water break at changeover?
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
I bring my dog to the court every time I play. Been doing it for years. She is trained to sit quietly by the bench, and if she's lucky, I'll toss a few tennis balls after we're done. If that upsets you, I can't imagine how hard it must be for you to make it through day to day life.
 

West Coast Ace

G.O.A.T.
All the public courts in my area have signs explicitly banning dogs.
The signs started going up last year and I think they all have them now.

Mixed emotions: love dogs and think many are well behaved - but there are the little ones that won't stop yapping that ruin it. I don't want to hear the chip and chatter hackers - don't want to hear dogs incessantly yapping either. So the rule is legit. There are dog parks for dogs. And the owner should be able to leave the dog with someone or in the house for a few hours.
 
At some courts near me, there's a hitting wall, and I saw a guy using it with his racquet in one hand, and a dog on a leash in the other. Dog was pogoing around wildly in hot pursuit of each ball he hit.
 

Mr.Lob

Legend
I bring my dog to the court every time I play. Been doing it for years. She is trained to sit quietly by the bench, and if she's lucky, I'll toss a few tennis balls after we're done. If that upsets you, I can't imagine how hard it must be for you to make it through day to day life.
The topic is about inconsiderate owners and dogs who are a nuisance on the courts.... Booger.
 
I never equate dogs with human beings, because its quite clear that dogs are superior in far too many ways. Loyal, never complaining, never back-stabbing or criticizing, just happy to be around you, always game for anything you want to do with them, willing to work for literal peanuts.

Man may be smarter and have opposable thumbs,

but that's all he's got over dogs.
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While I love dogs, wait a minute:

man can do missionary position, woman-on-top, not to mention serenading his love interest on the guitar.

What can a dog do? .. . . . Howl? . ...... Hump your leg? ....... . ., , not very romantic if you ask me.... :)
 
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norcal

Hall of Fame
Hey, the only leg humping I see is the daily leg humping of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic on here by humans (I use that term loosely)!
 

swizzy

Hall of Fame
happened to me first time the other day.. two dogs,lashed into the corner of their court while they played.. signs posted "no dogs" they were awful players as well.. kept taking my balls when they rolled on their court,, never checked just played with them.. so out of the norm on so many levels i thought it was best to just let them go about their business.. they only stayed 30 minutes..
 

happyloman

Semi-Pro
Dogs on court are bad enough when tied up (allergies, dog poo, noise, barking), but when they are not on leash and have the entire run of the courts?!
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
Look, don't want to deal with dogs, kids throwing wood chips, roller hockey players, soccer players, homeless campers, drunks, instructors giving private lessons on public courts, opponents NOT apologizing for net cord winners etc? Then join a freakin' club you elitist!
 

happyloman

Semi-Pro
https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140312/streeterville/lake-shore-park-locks-tennis-courts-keep-dogs----their-poop----away


Funny stuff

STREETERVILLE — After months of watching dogs run amok in Lake Shore Park's enclosed tennis courts — and their owners not cleaning up the poop the pooches left behind — the park's advisory council has voted to lock the gates to the court.

At a meeting of the Lake Shore Park Advisory Council earlier this week, members and park security said the gates will be padlocked for the rest of the winter and for future winters at the park at Lake Shore Drive and Chicago Avenue.

"It's not just the dogs leaving a mess," advisory council chairwoman Peggy Holst said. "The dog claws can damage the court surface, and the dogs can damage the net. It's not a dog area, and so I don't think we should have dogs on the tennis court."

Before the vote, park supervisor Dan Puente said he had received clearance from park security to lock the tennis courts, which previously were kept unlocked year-round with the nets in place. There is a sign posted at the entrance banning dogs from the enclosure, but it is widely ignored, advisory council members said.

Although Monday's warm weatherbrought many two- and four-legged Chicagoans to Lake Shore Park, the tennis court and surrounding pathway were still caked with ice. But there were reminders that dogs had been on the courts.

"I went out there today, and it was pretty bad," Puente said. "A lot of people have not been picking up after their dogs, and it's definitely a nuisance. The tennis courts weren't damaged at all, but I think we're in agreement that we're going to lock the courts and shut them down for the season until the weather breaks, and then we'll keep them open for the season."
 

comeback

Hall of Fame
Luckily we have a court unto itself..My friend always brings his dog who just usually sits there..Except when another dog comes walking by; ie at 4 minutes..I'm in the black long pants and love playing my friend so i try to not let the barking get to me lol
 
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