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Town to Beach-Going Dogs: Take a Walk

Starting April 1, Stratford's four-legged residents won't be able to frolic and feel the sandy shoreline beaches of the Sound underneath their 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 Stratford town beaches until Oct. 1

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.

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