Summer and the beach go hand-in-hand! We love spending these warm summer days laying out by the water. It’s even more fun when you can bring your dog with you! If you’re lucky enough to live close to the ocean, you probably know the ins and outs of bringing your pup to the beach. However, if you’re still looking for suggestions on how to make the most of a beach day with your furry friends, we’re here to help!
Find a pet-friendly beach
The first step to having an enjoyable beach day is finding the right location. Many beach destinations do not accommodate your four-legged friends. Check out the website Bring Fido to search for dog-friendly beaches near you! Once you have a location picked out, it’s time to pack up the car and hit the road! Check out our tips for car rides with your dog here.
It’s important to prepare for your day at the beach with the right supplies. Pack plenty of water and treats for your pup. Make sure your dog stays safe with a life vest. Bring some toys to throw across the beach and into the water. Bring a large towel to dry off your pup and make sure you have the proper leash and collar.
Know your dog’s needs
If your dog has never been to the beach before, you don’t know how he or she will react. Most dogs will at least enjoy being outside and in the action. Some dogs like playing in the water and others don’t. “Try not to convince your dog to do anything she’s afraid to do. Just enjoy her for the dog she is and learn what she likes and doesn’t like about the beach,” stated the AKC.
Prepare for other dogs
Dog-friendly beaches are likely to be filled with other dogs. If your pup doesn’t get along well with other dogs, a beach day is probably not the best idea. Further, it’s smart to keep your dog on the leash for a bit before letting him or her run free with the other dogs. According to the AKC, “Although you can make sure your dog minds her manners, you cannot guarantee that others will do the same, and you’re likely to come across a rude or pushy dog from time to time.”
Always keep an eye on your pup
A day at the beach with your dog is different than a human-only beach day. “Even the best-trained pup needs his owner watching after him,” wrote the AKC. It’s important to be actively watching your dog while you’re at the beach. There are many dangers including the water and unfamiliar dogs. Be prepared to intervene if needed to keep your pup safe.
Paws up for fun days at the beach with your pooch!
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