Are Dogs Allowed On Sandbanks Beach?

SANDBANKS beach in Poole is widely regarded as one of the best beaches in the UK.

With breathtaking views, golden sand and crystal clear water – it’s clear to see why.

Are dogs allowed on Sandbanks beach?

There is a designated area of Sandbanks that is dog-friendly all year round with no restrictions.

This stretches from the western end of the beach to Haven Point.

However, there are restrictions on other areas of Sandbanks during the summer months.

From 1 May to 30 September, dogs are banned from main beach.

Sandbanks is one of the best beaches in the UK

Dog owners must also keep their four-legged friend on a lead when walking on the promenade and paths.

Sandbanks – which has won the prestigious Blue Flag award for over 30 years – is a great spot for a family day out.

There is a crazy-golf course, children’s play area, a sensory play area and you can even hire watersport equipment.

If you fancy spending the night at Sandbanks, check out the pet-friendly Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth East Cliff.

Why are dogs banned from going onto beaches?

The main reason for not allowing dogs on to beaches at certain times is for health and safety purposes.

Although most owners will clean up after their pets when they are out, some fail to pick up their dog’s poo. 

Due to a dog’s diet being largely meat-based, leaving their faeces on the beach runs the risk of humans contracting toxocariasis – or zoonosis. 

And during the busy months, this becomes even more dangerous – especially for children – with potential problems including blindness and breathing difficulties.

Things to consider when taking your dog to the beach

Dogs love a nice trip to the seaside, just like their human companions. 

But there are a number of rules and tips to consider when heading to the beach.

These include: 

  • Check with beach management to see if dogs are allowed
  • Take poo bags to clear up their mess
  • Bring a lead – dogs have to be on a leash on some beaches at all times
  • Avoid the big crowds
  • Consider some people may not like dogs
  • Take plenty of fresh water and a bowl for your dog
  • Take a first aid kit in case your dog becomes injured
  • Check for local vets in case of emergency
  • Make sure your dog is wearing their collar and ID tag
  • If they are wear a GPS tracker, make sure it is fully charged
  • Take spare towels to dry them
  • Keep an eye on your dog at all times

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