Whether you live on the Fylde Coast or come here to visit, if you’ve got a dog the chances are you’ll want to take them out with you. So we’ve been looking for dog friendly places on the Fylde Coast.
We know that there are a lot of people who like to keep their dogs with them when they go out, so here’s a basic guide to help you when you plan your next day trip with your four legged friend.
Shops and Cafes
We’ll start our tour of dog friendly places on the Fylde Coast in the north, at Fleetwood.
In Fleetwood, you can take your dog in the market, including the indoor mall.
Freeport Fleetwood outlet centre is possibly the most dog friendly place on the Fylde Coast – they are welcome in the centre and many of the shops will welcome Fido with open arms.
Next stop south is Cleveleys. Some independent shops and high street names will let you take your dog inside. You’ll find dozens of owners lining the streets while their family do their shopping. It’s always busy with dogs in Cleveleys!
Blackpool is like any town centre anywhere in the UK. As is usual, you’ll find that independent shops are good at letting you go in, whereas the high street names follow the usual ‘no-dogs’ policy.
St Annes isn’t too bad either, although there are more high street names at St Annes than there are at Lytham, which does cut down the choice.
Lytham is one of the most dog friendly places on this coast, and many of the shops are happy for you to take dogs inside.
The Fylde Coast has always been famed for nurseries and garden centres and a number of them wil allow you to take your dog.
The Plant Place at Cleveleys and the Garden Place at Marton both allow dogs, as does Trebaron Garden Centre heading out towards St Annes.
If you know of any dog friendly places please get in touch and we’ll add them to the list. Just email details to jane@theRabbitPatch.co.uk
Note: The information on the Visit Fylde Coast dog friendly places pages has been supplied by businesses and the public. If you are in doubt, it’s always best to check that a shop is happy for you to take your dog inside before you enter the premises.
Check out these pages for details of ‘Dog Friendly Places’.
A lot of work has been done by the three local authorities along the Fylde Coast to clean up our bathing waters.
Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Councils have what are called ‘Dog Control’ orders which determines where you can walk your dog off its lead.
Because the main amenity beaches are ‘designated bathing beaches’ they are also subject to dog bans in the summer season from May to October.
The dog owning population is a huge one, with a huge disposable income to spend. Some of their money could be spent in your local business.
An estimated 13 million (46% of) households have pets, with people owning an estimated 8.5 million dogs.
The Kennel Club runs a scheme called ‘Be Dog Friendly‘ which aims to reward and encourage businesses and public places across the UK to adopt a dog friendly attitude towards the nation’s 8 million dogs.
Dogs are only legally banned from food preparation areas, not areas where food is served and sold.
The only legal obligation on the owner of such a place is to make sure there is no risk of contamination and that all food preparation areas are up to specified hygiene standards, as set out in EU Regulation (EC) 852/2004, Annex II, applied in the UK by the Food Hygiene Regulations 2006.
You can gain a lot from being a Dog Friendly business – find out about the benefits and how to get a free listing on the ‘Dog Friendly‘ website.
No sane dog owner will bring their dog into your shop or cafe unless they are confident that it will behave.
When you have trusted an owner and their dog to come into your shop they will not want the humiliation of their dog showing them up in an enclosed space in front of you, the shop owner, and other customers!
We have two small dogs here at Visit Fylde Coast and we love to take them out with us. Unfortunately they are both disabled so we have a pram for them. They get so excited and love to come out and talk to people and see what’s happening!
It’s up to all of us as dog owners to behave responsibly when we take our pets out. Please don’t take them into situations which you know may cause a problem for your pet or for other people. In March 2018 a Visit Fylde Coast reader sent us this poem – it seems apt to include it here –
Losing My Knees
Whilst I was walking along the prom,
Just strolling by the sea,
Four totally unknown strangers,
Thrice attempted to injure me!
Their weapon of choice was obscure,
Not intended for such a deed,
The tool that nearly broke my legs,
Was their dog’s extendable lead!
The dogs ran hither and thither, you see,
At the end of their extendable leads,
Creating a cat’s cradle, a net, a web,
Which quickly imprisoned me.
The extendable lead, most readers will know,
Was never intended for t’street,
Or the proms or the parks where we go to relax,
It was made to keep dogs from the sheep.
To allow our dogs controlled freedom,
On the paths that cross grazing land,
Was the point of the extendable item,
Whilst keeping the dog from the lamb.
So have some thoughts for the others,
Who share the paths that you use,
Please use short leads when in public
And their patience you will not abuse.
For those who don’t answer to reason,
Perhaps I should climb off the fence,
Why must we continue to fall over your dog?
Wake up! And use common sense!
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