Towns to Beach-Going Dogs: Take a Walk

Starting April 1, most of the state's four-legged residents won't be able to frolic and feel the sandy shoreline beaches underneath their furry paws again until October.

A dog playing in the waves along the Connecticut shoreline. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
A dog playing in the waves along the Connecticut shoreline. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
The dog days of summer will be here before we know it, and that means the days of dogs at the beach are coming to a close.

There's just one more week to bring your furry friends (and horses) to town beaches. After March 31, dogs won't be allowed back onto most town beaches along the shoreline until Oct. 1. [Dates may vary from town to town.]

Are You Bringing Fido?

For dog owners looking to make the most of the next week, the website Bring Fido may be your next best friend. 

"Dog friendly beaches are heaven on earth for Fido," the site says. "And since sandy paws equal happy dogs, we’ve sniffed out the best beaches in Connecticut where dogs can run, swim, and frolic in the sand."

Top 5 Dog-Friendly Beaches

The Top 5 best beaches for dogs in state, according to Bring Fido, are:
  1. Jennings Beach in Fairfield
  2. Compo Beach in Westport 
  3. Penfield Beach in Fairfield 
  4. Amtrak Beach in Niantic
  5. Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison
Pick Up After Your Pet

Connecticut's coastal towns encourage dog owners to follow local leash laws and clean up after their dogs.
Beth Smith March 26, 2014 at 04:39 PM
"Run-off of urine into the Sound"? You think sea creatures don't pee? You think people aren't discharging marine heads into the Sound?!
Jeff Cashman March 28, 2014 at 06:28 AM
More kids and adults pee in the beach water than any dog impact. Boaters oil film and dumping of old beer and soda or what ever too. MOST DOG owners now responsible clean up after the dog is finished. Horses on the beach might need a talking too. Seams there is no curb your horse law. Folks leave it on the road too.
lou panico March 29, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Open the dump later one night like Durham and Killingworth Do bulk pickup at least once a year Do something for everyone Not just dog people Why can't they run jump in their own yards
Jane Scully Welch March 29, 2014 at 08:36 AM
I am with you Lou...how about a bulk pick up once a year...get rid of some of these mattresses and crap....again...there are many other ways to spend $17K
Donna Marcinek March 29, 2014 at 09:32 AM
I agree with Jane and Lou about a bulk pick up. That would be helpful for a town wide clean up day as well. But back to the dog park at the beach. From what I have read a dog park should be at least one acre in size. That is almost the size of a football From what I have read the purposed dog park is requested because the Bailey's park is too small. I have no idea how large that park is. It just seems to me that a mix of small children and dogs is not really a good idea. And a fenced in area at the beach doesn't sound pretty. Bailey's Facebook page might want to remove the picture of the howling dog. It is the kind of thing many people do not want to hear while at the beach.


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