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Dogs at Virginia Beach

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.

Keep reading for the three rules for Dogs at Virginia Beach! 

1. Enforceable Leash Laws

First and foremost, as with most recreation and resort areas these days, Virginia Beach has enforceable leash laws. Even the most well-behaved pups can do something naughty a time or two by running away from their owner to go greet another person or fellow furball. Not everyone is a dog person, and some dogs are not friendly towards others. So keep this in mind while bringing your fur baby to the beach, and remember to always keep a leash handy and ready to use in case of these incidents.

2. Scoop the Poop

The second most common reason that the pooch people find themselves banned from parks and beaches is the puppy poo. It’s not cool to let someone else deal with it, so as Nike brand says, JUST DO IT! All you have to do is fit 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, tie a knot into it and make a deposit in the nearest trash receptacle. It’s just that easy.

3. Times and Dates

Last but not least, understand the rules and regulations for pets of where you are.

The Dog Policy of Virginia Beach specifiies:

Dogs are permitted on the beach and boardwalk before Memorial Day and after Labor Day.

During prime vacation season, 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! If you are bringing your fur baby to Virginia Beach on vacation, be sure to check out our list of hotels that accomodate pets.

Dog Friendly Restaurants:

Abbey Road Pub & Restaurant

203 22nd Street

This Beatles inspired restaurant will transport you and your dog to the sounds of the 70s, and food of the English! Fish and chips, anyone?


357 N Great Neck Road

Citrus is a delicious option for breakfast and lunch. This pet-friendly option is so good, it's been featured on TV! You'll love the beautiful porch that welcomes pets. 

Cactus Jack's

2736 Atlantic Avenue

Right off the boardwalk, on Atlantic Ave, is where you'll find Cactus Jack's. Cactus Jack's offers delicious tacos and island inspired meals. You can watch the Virginia Beach life happen when you dine at their outdoor area, 100% doggie approved!


3656 Shore Drive

Froggie's provides customers with a laid back atmosphere with delicious traditional American food. Great craft beers on tap. Bring your pup here to enjoy their awesome outdoor patio.

HK on the Bay

4600 Lookout Road

Delicious seafood is offered at HK on the Bay! Check out their popular crab cakes. Amazing craft beer is always on tap. Live music is a common thing here. Good times are always ahead at HK on the Bay. Your dog is happy when you're happy!

Back Bay Brewing

614 Norfolk Avenue

Looking for a tasty brew but don't want to leave the dog at home? You're in luck at Back Bay Brewing! Everyone is welcome at Back Bay Brewing. Here, you can try your choice of 25 authentic craft beers. 

Wasserhund Brewing Company

1805 Laskin Road

Wasserhund. The name actually means "water dog" in German! Very fitting for this Virginia Beach brewery as it serves delicious hearty German beers and invites the pooches all dogs, water dogs or not! 

Hey dog parents, do you know where to take your dogs while in VA Beach for grooming, obedience training, or parks to run around in? You'll want to check out our expansive list of all things pets!

Last Update: July 14, 2017