A proportion of Devon and Somerset’s beauty spots, country
lanes and hidden corners are rumoured to be destinations for an active dogging
Several areas in these counties are notorious for dogging
spot with people arranging online to meet up for sex.
But what is dogging – and what are the rules around this
Here’s all you need
Where did the term
‘dogging’ come from?
The term means to have or observe exhibitionist sex in a
public or semi-public place; usually outside in secluded country car parks and
beauty spots, where other people will watch and sometimes join in if invited to
Dogging has always meant ‘watching’ or ‘following’ and some
people suggest it’s also used as having sex outside is similar to how dogs
might have sex. Another theory is that taking the dog for a walk was a suitable
cover story for participants.
The etiquette of
dogging: 14 rules
1. You have to wear a condom, to prevent any STDs or
unwanted pregnancies. It’s even advised to take a box to share around with
2. Do not ‘dog’ in front of children or unsuspecting
passers-by. This is actually illegal.
3. Refrain from disturbing the peace or attracting
4. Anonymity is the key. No one should reveal the identity of other doggers and you should create a dogging name to protect your identity, especially if using online dogging websites such as dogging afterdark.
5. Do not destroy public property or trespass on private
6. All condoms and rubbish should be collected and discarded
of in a bin.
7. Legal driving and parking should always be practised.
8. Agree a signal or safe word in case one of you wants to
9. It is not generally accepted for a female to turn up to a dogging location alone. It is advised that she takes a man she trusts with her to protect her interests, although again there are several single female members on dogging afterdark whom participate in single dogging.
10. Steer clear of areas known for prostitution and drug
11. If watching, you should not touch unless verbally
invited to do so.
12. If you’re happy for people to watch flash your interior
light. If you want the watchers to come closer or join in then open your window
or unlock the doors.
13. Don’t leave on headlights when arrived at the scene.
14. When finished, drive around for a bit or stop for food or
fuel to make sure you’re not being followed.