Submitted by Steve on 11:47, 30th Sep, 2017 | 0

We are very lucky that most of Guernsey's beaches are dog friendly during the summer months.  However from tomorrow the beaches where dogs are banned between 1st May and 30th September have the restrictions lifted and these are –

  • Fermain
  • Petit Bot
  • L'Erée
  • Vazon (Northern end)
  • Cobo
  • Port Soif
  • L'Ancresse
  • Pembroke

Dogs are not permitted on Lihou Island and Lihou causeway all year round.

With sightings of Portuguese man o' war jellyfish and other hazards that can be washed up on our shores during the winter months it is important for dog owners to ensure they keep a watchful eye on their pets and away from wildlife from the birds that use our shores to the potential seal pups and their mums.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “Many dog owners will be looking forward to tomorrow when dogs can be walked on many of our beaches they have been unable to during the Summer.”

“The GSPCA would like to ask all dog owners to take care on our beaches as the winter hazards that can be washed up like the palm oil we have seen each year recently and even seaweed if eaten can put our dogs at risk.”

"We do run first aid courses for dog owners to help with emergencies and the next is 22nd November."

“Many wild birds use our shores to rest and with the seal pup season locally due soon it is important to keep our dogs a good distance from the wildlife we have on our coast.”

The States of Guernsey has some further helpful information –

‘Dog owners should always prevent their dog from chasing or disturbing wildlife, especially birds.   Birds are particularly vulnerable during the breeding season, February to July.’

‘If you are a dog owner, pick up after your dog! Please tie the top of the bag. Take the waste home, or put it in a public litter bin.’

‘Please don't leave dog mess in a plastic bag at the side of the path or hanging on trees, hedges or fences. This is still a littering offence.’

‘If you see someone else leaving the mess from their dog on public land, you can ask them to pick it up. If they refuse, you are encouraged to contact Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services or the Police with any details that may help lead to a successful prosecution (e.g. vehicle registration of dog owner/walker, description of dog and owner, etc). All calls will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.’

‘Owners of guide dogs are exempt from the Control of Dogs Ordinance. Please note special arrangements can also be made for dogs registered under the UK registered assistance dogs scheme, particularly for dogs for the hard of hearing. Under this arrangement, owners of registered assistance dogs can apply to the Department for a licence excluding them from most of the provisions of the Ordinance. However, such owners are still legally required to pick up faeces left by their dogs in public places. Please contact Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services for further details.’

For more information on these rules please visit - https://www.gov.gg/dogban

The GSPCA run Dog First Aid courses to help pet owners and the next is due Wednesday 22nd November and for more information please visit - http://www.gspca.org.gg/services/training-courses

Also at the GSPCA we have a Poison Garden to teach dog and cat owners the dangers of certain plants to their pets. You can visit this area between 11am and 4pm 7 days a week for a donation of £2 per person. To find out more please visit http://www.gspca.org.gg/blog/gspca-poison-garden-official-opening-thanks-st-andrews-floral-group-vets4pets-guernsey-kennel-c

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