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Beach etiquette for dogs

Published: 15 February 2017

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Make sure you and your dog are ready to display perfect manners when you hit the beach this summer.

There's nothing a dog loves more than a day at the beach, but living in Auckland means our four-legged friends need to learn to share the space with others. Make sure you and your dog are ready to display perfect manners when you hit the beach this summer.

Stay on-leash

Exercising off-leash is great fun, but it’s important that dogs are kept under control at all times. If your dog won’t come when you call, you are better to keep them on-leash.

You should also leash your dog when there are other people around. Not everyone likes dogs and not all dogs like each other, so please keep your dog out of other peoples’ space and don’t let them be a nuisance.

Try offering your dog a treat every time you snap the leash on, and letting them off again frequently. That way, they’ll learn that going on-leash is just as enjoyable as getting let off.

Be prepared

Spend some time teaching your dog to respond to hand signals. Walking on the beach is much more relaxing once your dog knows to occasionally look back and watch you for the signals to come, lie down, or go play.

It’s also a good idea to always leave a collar on your dog, even if they’re swimming. That way, if they are distracted by the sounds and sights of the beach and get separated, their tags will help to reunite you.

Make sure your dog is beach-ready – bitches in heat, dogs that snap, and young puppies who are not fully vaccinated should not be walked or run on busy beaches.

Look after the environment

Be especially considerate of our wildlife and keep your dog from disturbing or endangering them. At dusk and dawn some beaches provide rest and refuge for penguins or seals, and there are several species of birds that nest in sand dunes.

We all value our clean beaches, so always pick up after your dog and dispose of the waste appropriately.

Find out more about controlling your dog on the Auckland Council website.

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