The Super Sardog Code

Southwold and Reydon is a wonderful place to visit with your dog. Our wonderful beaches, commons and marshland areas provide a fantastic natural environment to be enjoyed by local residents and visitors alike.

It is important these areas are respected in order that we don’t face further increased restrictions in future years. Remember everyone has a right to enjoy the common spaces.

Other than making yourself aware of when restrictions are in place on the beaches and reserves to ensure you are walking in the right places at the right times Sardog offers some guidance for dog walking.

Help keep the Southwold & Reydon Area clean & safe

  • Always remember to carry some ‘poo’ bags.
  • Always pick up after your dog wherever you are, especially where people walk, play, park or picnic.
  • Put bagged dog poo in a dog bin or litter bin, or take it home. (All green wheely and general waste Waveney bins, as well as the black and gold town bins, can be used for dog waste along with official dog bins)

Always ensure your dog is under proper control

  • Wherever you are in the Southwold & Reydon area, keep your dog close to you and in sight at all times. You must ensure that your dog does not chase people on foot or cycle, other dogs, livestock, deer or any other wildlife.
  • On heaths and wet ground keep your dog to the main tracks when birds are nesting on the ground (usually March – July) and obey signed requests to keep your dog on lead.
  • Throughout the year, prevent your dog from disturbing birds on the coast.
  • Keep well away from any work taking place and observe warning signage especially near the harbour wall.
  • Dogs must be under close control when on a public right of way (for example through farmland); keep them on the path and do not allow them to stray onto adjacent land.

Be considerate to other users

  • Keep your dog from jumping up at or approaching other people, especially children
  • Keep dogs away from picnics, horse riders and cyclists, and prevent excessive barking
  • Dogs can get very excited by the sea and while we want them to have a wonderful time, so do other users of the beach who may not appreciate your dog wrecking their sandcastle or stealing their ball.
  • Show respect for other dogs (especially timid ones); if an approaching dog is on a lead, put yours on a lead too.
  • Be especially careful to keep groups of dogs under effective control
  • Consider moving aside to let other walkers, cyclists and horse riders past
  • If you cannot reliably and quickly call your dog back to you and away from people or other dogs, please keep it on a lead.
  • On the Common, keep your dog under close control, and please respect other users such as golfers, cricket or rugby matches that might be in progress