Everything you need to know about the dog walking ban on the beach
If you are looking to take your cockapoo puppy for a walk on the beach this Spring/Summer you might need to think again.
As of yesterday, a new ban for all dog owners walking their dogs on beaches across the UK was introduced.
The restriction is expected to last from May 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018 in coastal counties including Northumberland, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Lincolnshire and Essex.
If pet owners fail to obey this ban, then they are at risk of having to pay a fine of up to £75 or face further prosecution.
At Felindre Cockapoos we are always keeping an eye on the latest news which could affect our cockapoo puppies and it is not the first time that this ban has been issued. It is usually implemented throughout the summer months in most coastal counties.
This is not the first time that it has faced criticism for being too strict and inconvenient for pet owners who have voiced their anger about the fact they cannot take their dog on the beach.
Members of local councils are quick to defend their actions, however, citing environmental concerns like keeping the beaches clean from litter, plastic and dog waste, as their top priorities during the peak, summer holiday months. The general consensus is that they are not just picking on dog owners with this ban, as it is more about maintaining a high beach standard in general.
So what should you do? It is important to note that local councils enforce the restrictions and that they may only apply to particular beaches in the area. This means that it is best to check with the council before you take your cockapoo puppy to the beach with you.
You should always keep your cockapoo or dog attached by the lead at all times just in case, although look out for signs and notices around the coastal area if you are still unsure.