Dog on the beach: what you need to know

Authorized beaches, regulations, precautions to take for the health of your pet … Here’s what you need to know to enjoy daytime holidays with your dog.

Many questions will arise if you want to take yours dog on the beach. Is he allowed to access it?

Is there a risk if he takes a bath or is exposed to the sun? It is important to know very well before going to sunbathe with your dog.

Are dogs allowed on the beach?

Access to beaches for dogs (and pets, more often) is not the same across France. The right to take your dog to a beach is granted or denied by the municipality where the beach is attached. To make this decision, several behaviors are considered: people, area above, ways the town hall can be used to maintain the area, local needs, and so on.

Under these conditions, municipalities make very different choices. So we know:

  • Beaches where dogs are allowed;
  • Beaches where dogs are allowed if left on a leash only;
  • Beaches with reserved time for dogs;
  • Beaches that are forbidden to dogs but have a “allowed zone” ;
  • Beaches without dogs.

We noticed that most towns decided to ban dog access to their beaches. This usually happens at seaside resorts where the influx of tourists is important. To find out which beaches are allowed and which are prohibited, contact the municipality or tourist office. You can also consult the rest of the article or go to the SPA or 30 million friends website.

What is the amount of the fine if there is a violation?

The mayor of the coastal -based municipality is the only one who can allow or prohibit the entry of animals. In the event that dogs are banned – even on a leash – it is necessary to respect the law. If there is a violation, you will have to pay a fine of € 11, which may be higher in some municipalities (Hyères has risen to € 68 in 2021).

Above all, it is important to properly take out your dog’s litter as well as litter bags, as forgetting it can cost you more than a hundred euros (4th class fine: 135 €).

Which beaches will be dog -friendly in 2022?

Vacationers always want to take their dog with them to the beach. It is recommended to know in advance about the local law, so as not to risk the fine. Here are some examples of decisions made for beaches in France (this list is not exhaustive. For a complete list, visit the SPA website):

Dog -friendly beaches

  • Saint-Raphael
  • Places called Roquebrune-sur-Argens in the United States
  • Sainte-Maxime
  • It
  • Grayan and the hospital
  • Cabourg
  • The Touquet
  • Agde …

Beaches where dogs are allowed on a leash

  • Frejus
  • Cagnes sur mer
  • Chin
  • Ondres
  • San Cyprien
  • Arles
  • The Porge …

Beaches forbidden to dogs

  • Saint Tropez
  • sticks
  • Antibes
  • Hyeres
  • Toulon
  • Cassis
  • La Ciotat
  • Marseilles
  • Biarritz …

Dog on the beach: what precautions should be taken?

If you take your dog to an authorized beach, you should always keep an eye on it. For added peace of mind, choose to settle in an area that is relatively far away from other vacationers. This is especially important when it is in the water: your pet should not disturb the swimmers.

To avoid risks due to heat, choose a shady spot and place a bowl full of water near your pitch. Another risk: salt water. When your dog has finished bathing, wash it with clean water and kill it, especially around the ear, to avoid possible infection. To play in the water, take a stick or Frisbee instead of a foam ball, which risks absorbing salt water.

Finally, treat him up in the creek against mosquitoes to avoid bites and, most of all, make sure he doesn’t drown.

Do you need to put sunscreen on your dog?

Dogs with short hair are more sensitive to the sun.

Dogs, like cats, can get sunburned. The risk is very high in the middle of summer on the coast. That’s why it’s advisable to protect your animal if the sun is too strong, by hiding it in the shade or by putting sunscreen on areas not covered with hair or if the hair is too short. Her nose and lips are more sensitive, but there’s no need to put cream there. So it is necessary to avoid going out when the sun is at its peak.

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