Taking your dog to the beach. What you should know.

You, your dog, and the beach. There is no better Summer combo.

A trip to the beach with your pet is a great way to spend a sunny Summer day. To make sure you can enjoy your day-cation to the fullest, we’ve brought together everything you need to consider when heading out to the beach with your dog.

Choose a beach that’s right for your dog

Though you may have a favorite beach, even one that is right down the road from you, it may not be a dog-friendly beach. Like many public recreational spaces, including parks and hiking trails, some beaches may have certain rules applicable to you and your dog. Some beaches may require that your dog be on leash, some may have designated areas specifically for dogs, and some may ban dogs altogether. With that, it’s extremely important to understand the rules of your beach of choice before heading out on your trip.

Its also important to consider the weather conditions for that day. Obviously, you don’t want to go to the beach when there’s a torrential downpour or when it’s 10 below, but you’ll also want to consider choosing a day that won’t be too hot for your dog.

You want to go to the beach when the weather is perfect, but so does everyone else. If it’s a beautiful day, the beach you’ve chosen may be extremely popular. Busy, crowded beaches are not always best for dogs, especially if your dog is new to this sort of setting, or if they get nervous around new people. Use your best judgement when choosing a day, and a beach to go to based on how comfortable you and your dog will be in the situation.

For helpful information on the best beaches for you and your dog to visit, check out dog-specific travel sites like BringFido.com.

Be a good beach goer

To make sure you have a safe, happy trip to the beach, it's important to consider your fellow beach-goers. Its essential that your dog is well-trained. They’ll be interacting with crowds of people, children and of course other dogs, so it’s important they are comfortable in these types of scenarios, and that they know how to listen. Always keep an eye on your dog, not only to make sure they aren’t bothering others, but also to ensure they are staying safe, and avoiding potential hazards. If you’re worried about your dogs not being well-trained enough to be off-leash, or if leash laws require it, simply keep your dog on-leash as you enjoy your long walks on the beach. Remember, being courteous doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun.

And of course, always clean-up after your dog (but we don’t have to tell you that).

Keep An Eye On Your Dog

Going to the beach comes with its fair share of hazards to look out for. It’s good to keep these in mind, but don’t let worrying too much ruin a beautiful day at the beach with your dog.

You’re probably going to the beach because the sun is out, and it’s looking to be a beautiful hot day. When you’re out catching rays with your dog, keep an eye on them, and take the proper precautions to make sure they’re not overheating, getting sunburnt, or dehydrated. Make sure to keep a topped up water bowl, and use sun protection products like dog sunscreen, and our Black Lightning Nose Balm to protect your pup and their nose from sunburn.

As we previously mentioned, when out for a day at the beach it’s also a good idea to keep an eye on your dog when they’re around unfamiliar people, and especially other dogs. Your dog may be well trained, but other dogs may not be. Its also good practice to keep an eye out for ground-hazards like broken glass, garbage, and depending on where in the world your beach is, stinging sea creatures like beached Jellyfish. Of course, one big thing to keep in mind is most likely half the reason you’re going to the beach in the first place, the water.

Your Dog and Swimming

Some dogs love to swim, some don’t. Some dogs are good swimmers. Some aren’t. It’s important to understand your dog and they’re unique relationship with the water before letting them loose on the beach. If your dog is a strong and experienced swimmer, you have nothing to worry about. If your dog has only been in the water a few times before, make sure to keep an eye on them as they get more comfortable. For new swimmers, some breeds will already be stronger than others. For example, a larger long-legged breed will have an easier time in the water than a smaller dog. If your dog is new to swimming, give them time to learn, and don’t push them too hard. They’ll swim when they’re ready.

There’s still a lot of time left this Summer to hit the beach with your best friend. So, get out there, be safe, and have a blast.

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