Is your workplace dog-friendly? Top companies like Google, Etsy, Amazon, and Glassdoor allow dogs to come to worwith their owners. Here at Phil Richard Insurance we love our furry-friends too, and if our employees have a well-behaved, house broken dog, they may bring him/her to work! 

The perks of allowing workplace pets goes beyond having a buddy to pet, scratch, or cuddle with. Many businesses realize that dogs in particular help recruit top talent. Dog lovers are definitely going to like the idea that they can bring their pup to work and it may mean they are more eager to stick around for the long-term. Studies have also shown that stress levels decrease while productivity increases, creating a win-win situation. Not only can dogs “help” the work get done, but they also boost morale and forge bonds with employees and clients alike. 

That is why we are taking a chance in today’s blog to point our dog-loving friends to other places that are dog-friendly. Even if you can’t bring your pooch to work, there are still some wonderful places where they are allowed on the North Shore. If you love your pup as much as we do then you are probably always on the lookout for places you can enjoy time with friends and time with your pooch. 


Now that tourist season is over, many North Shore and Greater Boston beaches open themselves up to dogs who love the sand and surf. Fall is the perfect time to get some exercise walking the beach and letting your pup frolic in the waves or just cutting loose on the sand! The weather is still warm enough to enjoy the beach, but cool enough so that your dog’s paws won’t burn. Keep in mind that all beaches have leash laws, and they kindly remind dog owners to scoop the poop, stay off the dunes, and mind the birds and wildlife. We have included links to some of our favorite beaches so you can check out these dog-friendly places. 

Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts allows leashed dogs from October to March. The beach is closed to dogs from April 1 to October 1.

Singing Beach in Manchester-By-The-Sea, Massachusetts welcomes licensed and vaccinated dogs from October 15 through April 14. There is a $5 per person walk-on fee charged from 9am to 5pm when the staff is on duty. Owners are asked to clean up after their dogs, keep an eye on them, and maintain verbal control when they are playing off-leash. Each person is allowed to bring two dogs with them to the Beach, and pets must be wearing collars with ID tags. 

Nahant Doggie Beach in Nahant, Massachusetts welcomes dogs on the beach from October 1st through April 30th as long as they are leashed. They are strictly prohibited the rest of the year.

Riverhead Beach in Marblehead, Massachusetts is pet-friendly. Located on Marblehead Harbor, across the Causeway from Devereux Beach, the area spans 1.65-acres and offers a beach area and a boat ramp. It’s a great place for dogs to run and play during low tide. Dogs must be leashed and all messes should be cleaned up after them.

Plum Island Beach in Newburyport, Massachusetts is pet-friendly. Dogs are welcome to join their owners on the beach without a leash from October 15 to May 15. Unfortunately, pups are never allowed on the Plum Island Refuge. The off-leash section of the beach is by the lighthouse and Captain’s Lady. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from May 15th through October 15th. The parking fee is $10.


Fall is a wonderful time to take a drive and check out the foliage along the coast of the North Shore of Massachusetts. Bringing your pup is a perk, especially if you can find dining that is pet-friendly. Here are a few that you may want to consider. 

Top Dog is a great place for food in Rockport, Massachusetts. They are not only friendly with their customers but also very dog friendly.


Newburyport Brewery is a great pit stop on your foliage tour where you can enjoy a sample of six signature craft brews such as the Plum Island Belgian White and Greenhead IPA. Taproom is open Thursday and Friday from 3-9, Saturday 12-9, and Sunday 12-6. Leashed dogs are welcome inside and outside.

The Lobster Shanty in Salem, Massachusetts is another dog-friendly restaurant. It features sandwiches, burgers, grilled pizza, and tasty entrées like boiled lobster and smoked brisket. Dogs are welcome at the outside tables during the summer months. Call ahead to ensure seating is available.

For more dog-friendly beaches, outings, and even hotels, here are two great sites to explore: 

Vacation Idea and Bring Fido.