Dog Friendly Zones
Here in Bournemouth, we love to see dogs enjoying our spectacular stretch of coastline. Whether it’s getting plenty of fresh air on a clifftop walk or playing at the water’s edge in our designated dog zones. Here’s some information about where your four-legged friends can stretch their legs and how to make their visit to Bournemouth as enjoyable as possible.
Between 1 May and 30 September, dogs must be kept on a lead on the promenades and paths at all times, and may only be exercised in the following, signposted areas:
Branksome Dene to Alum Chine Beach Office
Middle Chine to Durley Chine
Fisherman’s Walk, Southbourne
The seafront welcomes responsible dog owners and we ask you to help us keep the beaches safe and clean for everyone to enjoy. Please clean up your dog mess and use the bins provided. If you forget to bring a bag, just call into the nearest beach office – we usually keep a few spare! Dog mess poses a health risk to other beach users. Our Seafront Team carries out regular patrols and you could face prosecution and a fine if you don’t pick it up.
To download a map on where you can walk your dog please visit our brochures and guides page.
If you're planning to be out and about with your dog this summer, it's important to know how to make sure you dog stays happy and healthy.
Here are six tips courtesy of the Dogs Trust to a safe summer:
Plan your walkies
Walk your dog in the early morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler so they will be at reduced risk of heatstroke – be particularly careful if your dog is unfit, obese or suffers from breathing difficulties.
Do the Seven Second Test
Tarmac can get very hot in the sun – check it with your hand before letting your dog walk on it so they do not burn their paws. Try the 'seven-second test'; if it's too hot for your hand, it's too hot for your dog's paws.
Check dogs are welcome
If you're planning a day out, check whether dogs are welcome at the visitor attractions you plan to visit. Some public parks and beaches may have Public Space Protection Orders or Dog Control Orders in place over summer, so do check before travelling. If dogs are not permitted, please make sure you arrange for a pet sitter or kennels or choose a dog friendly alternative attraction.
Provide shade and water
Make sure your dog has access to shade and plenty of fresh water throughout the day.
Don't let them get burnt
Don't let your pet get sunburnt – use pet-safe sun cream on exposed parts of their skin such as the tips of their ears and nose and avoid direct sunlight where you can – ask your vet for further advice if needed.
Plan a holiday for the whole family
If you are going away, plan in advance to find dog friendly accommodation. We partner with cottages.com & Hoseasons through Dogs Trust Holidays because we believe that holidays are for the whole family, including those of the four-legged variety. You can find cottages, lodges and boats that accepts pets in the UK and Europe and every time a holiday is booked through Dogs Trust Holidays, a 10% donation is sent to the charity.