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Frequently Asked Questions:

What is dogging? - top
The term dogging refers to either having or observing exhibitionist sex in a public or semi-public place, usually outdoors. Sometimes the voyeurs join in on the sex, usually they just watch from nearby.

Why is it called dogging? - top
There's a lot of controversy about where exactly the term "dogging" comes from. A popular theory is that it comes from the alibi of "walking the dog" to explain your outdoor adventures.

The word dogging also has the connotation of following or watching, and, according to an article in the Sunday Herald: The term dogging originated in the early 1970s to describe men who spied on couples having sex outdoors these men would 'dog' the couples' every move and watch them.

How did dogging start? - top
Dogging has been getting a lot of attention recently, but people have been doing it for many years. With the advent of the internet, mobile phones, and instant messaging, it is easier for doggers to find one another and arrange meetings.

Is dogging like swinging? - top
Many people who are into the scene are also involved in the swinging scene. Some couples just like to put on a show to spice things up in their own sex lives.

Why is dogging so popular? - top
It's fun because it's forbidden. People love to watch and be watched during sex. There's also an element of challenge and adventure to finding a good dogging spot and seeking out an exciting encounter.

What kind of people go dogging? - top
Couples into exhibitionism are usually in their 30s to 50s, though some may be older or younger. Observers are usually single men. Most doggers are middle class, and most lead quite average lives apart from their "hobby".

Where are the best places for dogging? - top
Doggers mostly choose open air, somewhat out of the way places, often in or near country parks. Car parks are also quite common congregating spots, and occasionally cinema halls. Check our locations section for a list of known dogging locations.

How widespread is dogging? - top
Public sex happens nearly everywhere, but the phenomenon has really flourished in the United Kingdom, for some reason. There are signs it is spreading rapidly to Canada, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S

I want to try dogging. How do I get started? - top
Coming to this site is a good start. Drop in to our forum section or chatrooms. Read our safety & etiquette and 10 commandments page for dos and don'ts.

How do doggers hook up for meetings? - top
Nowadays, doggers usually contact one another online, through chat rooms, forums, and contact ads. Someone will issue an invite to watch, or inquire if there is anyone interested in performing in a certain area. Further details for meeting may be arranged online, or via phone or messaging. Alternatively some may just show up at a known dogging spot and see if anyone else turns up.

Is dogging illegal? - top
Dogging somewhat of a legal grey area, and the laws regarding public sex, nudity, lewdness, and their enforcement, vary by jurisdiction. In the UK, there are laws against public sex but they mostly are concerned with protecting "unwilling witnesses" from seeing acts of lewdness. We're not sure how this would be applied to sex in front of willing witnesses. However, if there is a complaint, you may be prosecuted. And in some areas the local police have been stepping up patrols to discourage activity at notorious dogging hangouts. See our Dogging And The Law section.

Is dogging dangerous? - top
There are a number of risks involved in dogging. Anytime you're dealing with people you meet online, going to a secluded spot, and putting yourself in a compromising position, you are making yourself somewhat vulnerable. Usually everyone is just looking for a good time, but crimes can happen, so always be cautious and be aware of your surroundings.

I don't have a car. Can I still go dogging? - top
Many dogging activities revolve around cars, as couples do like to have sex in cars and some locations are somewhat remote. However, it's quite possible there is dogging activity in your area that is accessible by public transport. Check our dogging sites listing for info. Also, many doggers are motorbike enthusiasts, so a car is not strictly necessary.

What should I take along when I go dogging? - top
Depending on the time of year, possibly warm clothing! Also condoms, disposable gloves, wet wipes and deodorant.

How do I talk my partner into trying dogging? - top
Obviously dogging is a consensual activity, but it's not going to be everyone's cup of tea. Try broaching the subject of dogging and see how he or she responds to the idea. If they seem receptive, talk about how a dogging scenario could play out and see if they get turned on. If you decide to go for it, make the arrangements together. Don't take them out "for a drive" and spring it on them. Never trick or coerce someone into a scene.

I tried going to a dogging spot and nothing was going on there. What happened? - top
If you just showed up at a reported dogging area, maybe you just hit a quiet spell. Sometimes you have to hang out and give it some time. Also, spots may change in popularity, and if there are problems at one, people may move on.

I went to a dogging spot and it was closed off. Why? - top
If you went to a nature area or car park and found it fenced off, it's likely a response to too much activity in that area, causing complaints about noise, traffic, litter and general naughtiness. More businesses and government agencies are becoming aware of dogging are beginning to take action to discourage it. However, the doggers quickly find a new spot and get back to business.

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