Taking Your Dog to the Beach

The City of Beverly does not permit dogs to use the public beaches from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Other public beaches in the surrounding area may allow for dogs to be on the beaches during the summer months; you should check with them before you plan your trip.

Beach Tips

  • When taking advantage of the use of other beaches do not let your dog drink seawater; the salt will make them sick.
  • Always check with a lifeguard for daily water conditions.
  • Dogs are easy targets for sea lice and jellyfish so be aware of your surroundings.
  • Most dogs enjoy swimming, but some cannot swim, and others may hate the water.
  • Be conscious of your dog's preferences and skills before trying to make him swim. If you're swimming for the first time with your dog, start in shallow water.
  • Encourage him with toys or treats. Or, let him follow another experienced dog he is friendly with into the water. You should never throw your dog into the water.
  • Don't let your dog overdo it; swimming is very hard work and they may tire quickly.Never leave your dog unattended in the water.
  • If swimming at the ocean, be careful of strong tides. If you have your own pool, make sure your dog knows where the stairs or ladder are located. Be sure that pool covers are firmly in place; dogs have been known to slip in under openings in the covers and drown.
  • Running on the sand is strenuous exercise. A dog that is out of shape can easily pull a tendon or ligament, so be aware of your dog's activity.
  • Dogs, especially those with short hair, white fur, and pink skin, can sunburn. Limit your dog's exposure to the sun during the day and apply sunblock to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside. Human sunscreen can be used on animals or you can purchase sunscreen that is special for animals.
  • Always make sure your dog has a shady spot to rest in and plenty of fresh water.
  • Salt and other minerals in ocean water can damage your dog's coat, so remember to rinse him off at the end of the day.
  • Always pick up after your dogs. It is important for the health and safety of the community that all dog waste is picked up and disposed of properly. By picking up after your dog, you are doing your part to maintain and improve the environment.