Dogging - The New Sex Trend
Find out what dogging is, how it's done, where to go to get it,
and learn to enjoy doing it while strangers watch.
By Oskar McHendry, Sex Education Correspondent
Here's something for all of you looking for a one-night tryst
but don't want to venture further than the public park. It's called
"dogging," and it's essentially having sex in a car parked in a
public place with other people watching or even joining in.??This
pastime originated in the U.K., where it is no less than a craze,
but now it's rapidly gaining popularity in the U.S., Canada,
Germany, France, Ireland, and New Zealand.??The name is derived
from Peeping Toms who would follow, or "dog," couples hoping to
catch them having sex. Then dogging was done in the tube stations
late at night. In its most recent incarnation, it's being done in
parking lots and parks.??Now if you're interested in getting
involved in the dogging scene, here's some information about the
rules, where to find the scene and how it's done.
How to find it
Doggers usually find each other amid Internet forums and
newsgroups. It's much quicker than popping into every park in the
area looking for action. Some dogging forums will post time and
place of these events. Other times they ask doggers to reply with
their cell phone number then use text messages to reveal the
location, to ensure it remains secret.
In the U.K., doggers' websites list the most popular secluded
locations, like public parks and parking lots.
Or you can always opt for "Toothing." Using Bluetooth
technology, you can find other PDA phones in your vicinity while in
a specific location like a parking lot, a nightclub or public
transport, and send out a general proposition seeing if anyone is
up for some action.
Know how it's done
Doggers use a series of simple signals to let others know what
they're up to.
Let others find you
If you want to invite
voyeurs to approach your car and get an eyeful, park in a
somewhat visible spot, then flash your headlights or leave the
interior car light on. This will tell everyone that you're doggers
and you're about to put on a show.
Give them a clear view
When there are voyeurs outside
the car watching you, roll down the windows a smidgen if you
want them to get an even better view of the action.
Open your door to invite others
If you want them to share in the sexual activity, the accepted
way to do this is by opening the door and letting one of them in or
by getting out of the vehicle.
There are rules of etiquette when it comes to the dogging
Don't attract unwanted attention
Driving around aimlessly at a dogging spot desperately looking
for action is a sure way to bring law enforcement down on you. And,
of course, this will ruin it for every other dogger there. When you
show up at a dogging spot, be discreet and patient. If you're in
the right place, something will go down.
Don't be aggressive or overly persistent, or you will frighten
use condoms. A no-brainer, really, as you are
potentially going to have sex with a stranger or strangers.
Respect the women at a dogging event. Without them, it would be
a sausage fest. This means no touching the ladies without expressed
Clean up after you're done
Remove all traces of sexual activity such as condom wrappers,
condoms, tissues, panties... whatever. The second that regular
park-goers find a used rubber in the pristine grass, the cops will
start clamping down on doggers.
Keep it legal
In the U.K., dogging is not exactly illegal, as the law is a
little sketchy about public nudity. In the U.S., this practice is
going to be more of a challenge to do legally. Know the laws of the
land when it comes to public displays of affection. Even if you
like being watched, you don't want Mr. John Q. Law peeking through
Know how to protect yourself
There are a few simple things you can do to protect yourself
All your valuables should go in the glove box; lock them up, if
possible. Your powered-up and charged cell phone should always be
ready for use... just in case.
Keep the car doors locked
Do so unless you trust the person or people outside. Always have
a dependable flashlight stashed somewhere in the car.
Leave the engine running
Many doggers leave the car ignition on in case an emergency
warrants getting away in a hurry. I'm not suggesting that you peel
out in the middle of the event or anything; it's just a safety
measure to let other people know that you will leave at the first
sign of trouble.
Some doggone fun
In the last couple of years, dogging has really taken off in
popularity. The thrill of watching or having people watch you have
sex, and the excitement of getting caught teamed with the safety of
having a cell phone on you if something goes wrong makes the idea
feasible. It's fun.. but remember that it's not legal. That's
probably half the fun of it.