Dogs and the Outer Banks Off-Season; Dog Beach Donts:; Dog Beach Dos:


By Kelly Allman,  

Most people hit the beach in the summer, when the kids are out of school and the sun is hot. But when you're planning a dog-friendly getaway, the off-season is the perfect time to enjoy the OBX - the crowds have faded, the weather is beautiful, rates are at their lowest, and it's easier to include our dogs in our activities.  So if you're considering a Fido-friendly trip this fall, here's some helpful information that will help make planning a snap.


Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round but must be on a leash at all times.

Dogs are allowed on the beach unleashed throughout the year, but they should always by closely supervised by and in contact with their owner.

Kill Devil Hills: 
Dogs are permitted on the beach anytime from Oct. 1 through April 30. Dogs must be on a leash and under the control of their owner or handler at all times. 

Kitty Hawk:
Dogs are permitted on the beach but must display acurrent rabies tag. Owners possess a bag or container for waste removal at alltimes. During the off-season, dogs may be taken off leash as long as they donot disturb other beachgoers and other dogs. Unleashed dogs must be controlledby their owner, who must remain within 30 feet of the dog at all times.Handlers of unleashed dogs must carry a leash with them at all times to securetheir dog if necessary.

Nags Head: 
Dogs are permitted on the beach year-round as long asthey are restrained by a leash no longer than 10 feet. 

Southern Shores:
From Sept. 16 through May 14, dogs areallowed on the beach at all times as long as they are on a leash no longer than10 feet.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Dogs areallowed on the beach year-round but must be restrained with a leash no longerthan 6 feet at all times.

Now that you know when and where your pooch can accompany you on the beach, it's a good idea to review some tips to ensure your pup's beach time is safe and enjoyable. 

Do on Outer Banks beach 

Dog Beach Don'ts:

  • Alwaysbe sure to keep your pet off of any restricted areas. Dunes and grassy areas,for example, must be protected from any sort of environmental damage that a dogmight cause.
  • Don't let your dog out of your site. Being alert and proactive will go a long way in protecting you and your dog.
  • Don't forget to bring the leash, beach towels, umbrella, fresh water, and doggie sunscreen (yep, you can actually get sunscreen specifically made for dogs).
  • No poop left behind! Although many of our public beach accesses and parks are equipped with dog waste bags, it's a good idea to bring your own supply and be sure to scoop that poop. 

Dogs on the beach in the Outer Banks 

Dog Beach Do's:

  • Do make sure your dog's vaccinations are current and that he's wearing the proper ID. Keep your vet's number on hand just in case something happens.
  • Docheck the ocean for jellyfish and stingrays. A sting to your dog will be sureto ruin both his and your experience.
  • Do set a time limit for your beach trip. A couple hours might be just the right amount of time at the beach, depending on your dog's activity level.
  • Dobring toys and balls to throw and fetch. This is exactly why you are boththere: to HAVE FUN!
  • Do rinse your dog off with clean water each time you come back from the beach, then follow up with a soothing, natural shampoo if your dog has sensitive skin. Many of our vacation rental homes have outdoor showers with warm water that are ideal for rinsing off Rover. If you can't give your dog a bath, a soft brush can help remove some of the excess sand from their coat if you have a short-haired dog.

See you (and your pooch) at the beach

Outer Banks Dog On Beach 




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