Is Sheerness beach dog friendly?

SHEERNESS is a small seaside town on the north coast of the Isle of Sheppey.

As well as the beach, there are amusement arcades, cafes, restaurants and a wide variety of shops nearby.

Is Sheerness beach dog friendly?

Sheerness beach is dog-friendly – but there are restrictions in place during peak season.

Dogs are banned from the main beach from the start of May until the end of September.

Your four-legged friend must also be kept on a lead on the promenade.

Click here to see a full list of dog-friendly beaches in Kent.

Ernie the American Bulldog loves to paddle in the water at Sheerness beach

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

Looking for a beach near you? Check out our full UK dog-friendly beach guide.

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