dogging etiquette rules and where the activity originated from

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A proportion of Devon and Somerset’s beauty spots, country lanes and hidden corners are rumoured to be destinations for an active dogging community.

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 activity?

Here’s all you need to know.

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 do so.

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 fellow doggers.

2. Do not ‘dog’ in front of children or unsuspecting passers-by. This is actually illegal.

3. Refrain from disturbing the peace or attracting attention.

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 property.

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 stop.

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 dealing.

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.