Beach etiquette for dogs
As more and more people take their dogs on holiday in the UK, it is important as a dog owner to understand the unwritten rules for dogs.
· Always check if you are on a dog friendly beach. Beaches have rules for different times of the year and some do not allow dogs on them so always check before entering a beach what dates they allow dogs if any.
· Always scoop your dogs poop and bin it. There are specialised poop bins on most dog friendly beaches however you can also use normal bins. It is against the law not to clean up after your dog and you could be fined or face prosecution if you don’t.
· Keep your dog on its lead unless it is safe to take them off. Promenades, rough seas and cliff edges are areas to watch out for.
· Don’t teach your dog to swim in the sea, the sea can become rough very quickly and you risk putting your dog in danger.
· Look out for jelly fish and anything else that is washed up by the sea, a lot of this could be toxic or harmful.
· Research the areas time times so you don’t get stranded anywhere dangerous
· If your dog loves birds, children or other dogs then keep them on a lead to prevent them from chasing.
· Always bring some fresh water for your dog to drink, walking on the beach can be tiring for a dog and they will become thirsty quickly.
Ensure you have the correct equipment for taking your dog to the beach for an easy and stress free visit. Dog float jackets are a great way to ensure your dog’s safety even when in the water as it will keep them floating and most will have a large handle to make it easy for you to get hold of them.
Extra long leads are a great way of giving your dog freedom to run along the beach whilst still being in control of them, some of these leads can be pushed down into the ground to allow you to be free from holding the lead which is great whilst you are eating or resting.
The best way to get your dog to and from the beach would be using a booster seat. There are several different varieties of these on the market however the only one to be independently crash tested is the Solvit Pet Safety Seat. It allows your dog to see out of the window, have somewhere comfortable to sleep and secures them so they cannot distract the driver and in the event of a crash protects them.
Always take a towel to the beach so you can dry your dog before they have to travel home and allow them to have fresh water before the journey. This way you will have a smooth journey and your dog will enjoy both the journey and the visit to the beach more.