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Dog-Friendly Guide to Rehoboth Beach

September 13th, 2019

At Canalside Inn we are all about spoiling our furry friends.  Rehoboth Beach and surrounding area is the perfect place to bring your dog for some R&R.  Our unofficial mascot is Sky (2 years old) a two-year-old Siberian Husky.  Sky is not a typical Husky, because he usually isn’t hyper.  Like all Husky’s his favorite active is running.  He loves running alongside the bike.   Sky is gentle and loves children, and he loves treats like all dogs!  We rescued Sky from a humane society in South Florida.  This will be his first winter in Rehoboth and we can’t wait for him to see snow for the first time.   

Our first stop for your dog of course is the beaches!  In Rehoboth dogs are prohibited on the beach and the board walk from May 1 to September 30. Don’t worry folks because in Dewey Beach Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round by special license. From May 15 to September 15, dogs are only allowed on the beach before 9:30 am and after 5:30 pm. Unofficially the lifeguards don’t enforce this until their chairs are on beach, so 10 to 5pm.  During the off-season, dogs can be off leash, but must be under your control and be cleaned up after. A license can be obtained during business hours at 105 Rodney Ave. for $35 for lifetime of dog, or an 8-day license for $10, or $5 for a weekend. In Lewes, DE dogs are prohibited from all beaches between 8 am and 6:30 pm from May 1 to September 30. Our Neighbors in Bethany Beach say dogs are prohibited on the beach and boardwalk from May 15 to September 30. Dogs must be on leash in town. The Delaware State Parks, Pets are allowed in our seashore parks, but Delaware State Law prohibits them from all swimming and sunbathing beaches from May 1 to September 30. Park rules and regulations also restrict pets from areas such as surfboarding and sailboarding beaches and shorebird nesting areas.

I don’t know about you, but Sky rolls in the sand and it can become quiet the mess.  Canalside Inn has an outside shower you can use to wash yourself off and our furry pet.  Sand is no good for our drain system, so we appreciate a quick rinse.  If your dog needs a glamorous groom there are several places to take your pup.  Right near our Inn is the Dirty Dog Grooming Salon.  Sky is a frequent visitor here.   They have a great self-wash, so skip the mess and avoid the hassle. They also have! They are first come, first serve-no appointments needed!  If you are coming from Lewes we also recommend Wash-N-Wag.

After all the beach and sand I’m sure your dog deserves a treat!  We love to stop in to try The Original Doggy Ice Cream Bar at Salty Paws.  Not only does your dog love it, but the staff is friendly.  There are several boutiques shops on the Ave that are geared for dogs, so after your pup enjoys their ice cream you can stroll into several of the dog friendly stores.