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Virginia Beach is a very pet friendly town, which is why with a little forethought and planning it makes a great destination of choice for vacationing with the K-9 members of your family.
However, like any good dog town it has rules of conduct meant to make your stay, as well as those you share the beach with, as fun and enjoyable as possible.
First and foremost, as with most recreation and resort areas these days, Virginia Beach has enforceable leash laws. My boy Grizzly was a very well-behaved dog that was a pleasure to have at the beach. But, even though I frequently let him off-leash for beach and wave romping, I was always aware of the fact that not everyone is a pet person and not every dog is dog friendly. So, in order to keep things on the up and up and not ruin it for the other dog – or guy/gal, as the case may be – it’s best to obey the leash laws and not risk an awkward incident.
The second most common reason that the pooch people find themselves banned from parks and beaches is the puppy pooh. It’s not cool to let someone else deal with it, so do as I used to do. Just cram a couple plastic grocery bags into your back pocket when you hit the beach. Shove your hand into the bag like a glove, grab the waste, flip the bag inside out, jerk a knot into it and make a deposit in the nearest trash receptacle. It’s just that easy.
Last but not least, understand the rules and regs of where you are. The policy in Virginia Beach is as follows: Before Memorial Day and after Labor Day weekend dogs are welcome guests at public beaches and on the boardwalk. During the prime vacation season however (IE – the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend), dogs are restricted to the north end of Virginia Beach above 42nd Street and the south end of Virginia Beach in the Sandbridge area before 10 AM and after 6 PM.
There’s nothing like the “dog days of summer”, and having your furry family on vacation with you should be a no-brainer. If you plan ahead to find lodging that caters to your pet pals, adhere to local leash laws and exercise good judgment as a responsible pet owner, vacation days will be dog days too!