Don’t forget your beachside etiquette this summer! As the holiday season gathers pace, many of us are no doubt looking forward to taking some time out with our four-legged friends to enjoy the sun, sand and surf.

But with some UK beaches not being all that dog friendly, let’s ensure that as responsible dog owners, the beaches that are, are kept in pristine condition.

That’s the advice coming from Jitka Krizova, founder of natural dog products, www.vitacanis.co.uk, who travels the country with her dogs to sniff out some of the best locations to walk and run.

Jitka’s top beach etiquette tips include:

Don’t ignore it

Pick up the poo! Seriously, not picking up poo is the biggest faux pas of dog owners. In my opinion, it’s one of the main reasons why dogs are not allowed on some beaches. It doesn’t take much effort to clean up. Just remember the poo bags … and please put it in a bin, don’t hang it on a tree branch!

Shake it

Have you ever sat on a beach, enjoying the sun, listening to the sound of the waves and all of the sudden a ball of wet fur runs towards you and shakes its body so close, that you don’t need another dip in a sea? In my opinion, it’s funny … in other people’s opinion, it’s not so funny. If your dogs love swimming and also loves greeting other people, you better keep him on a lead to avoid arguments, shouting or embarrassment.

Saying hello

There are some people who don’t like dogs. You and I don’t get it, but we have to respect it. And so do our dogs. And it is our responsibility not to let them sniff, lick, or jump on other people. It’s always better to assume that other people are not interested in our dog and act accordingly.

Stay alert

Keep an eye on your dog at all times—not only so she doesn’t get up to mischief, but also to keep her safe. Many beaches have strong currents or undertows that can pull a dog away from land, creating a hazard even for strong swimmers. Also, be aware of potential hazards in the water—sharp rocks, shells or discarded fishing hooks can end your dog’s fun pretty quickly.

Follow good dog etiquette

Fill in any holes your dog may have dug. Remove them if they’re barking too much, or getting overly friendly with other dogs or people. And (nicely) let other dog owners know if their own dogs are causing problems or have made a mess — they may not be aware that their dog is misbehaving!

Happy holidays!

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This is a guest essay by Jenny Holden, from vitacanis.co.uk. Want to write for us? Visit www.dogstodaymagazine.co.uk/essay-submission or email editorial@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk

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