Now that the sun is out more frequently and the weather is warmer, more and more dog owners are heading out to the beach with their four-legged friends. There’s nothing better than a day at the beach with your dog. Whether it’s playing Frisbee, swimming, or just soaking up the sun, your dog is sure to love a day at the beach with you. However, you need to keep in mind that a beach is a public place and it’s your responsibility to make sure your dog behaves so that everyone on the beach can have fun. You also want to make sure your dog can enjoy time at the beach in a safe way. Let’s walk through a few great tips to keep in mind when you take your dog to the beach.
1. Provide Water & Shade for Your Dog
It’s easy to feel the full force of the sun when you are out on the beach with your dog. Make sure that you bring along plenty of shade for your dog so that they won’t get too hot. Bring along a gallon of cold water and an umbrella so that you can help your dog stay comfortable throughout the time you spend at the beach. Also, if you notice that your dog seems to be panting excessively or has a lack of coordination, head to the closest veterinarian as soon as possible.
2. Figure Out if Your Dog Likes to Swim
At some point, you should try to figure out if your dog is open to swimming or not. Start off in an area of the beach that is quiet and calm to gauge how open your dog is to hopping in. If they follow you into the water, then you and your dog can enjoy swimming together. Try to stay in the shallow area if it’s your dog’s first time swimming. Keep in mind that all dogs are different and that some dogs prefer to take it easy in the sand instead of swimming. Always keep an eye on your dog when they are swimming, as a wave or strung current can be dangerous conditions.
3. Take Poop Bags
Like it or not, you will have to deal with your dog using the restroom at the beach. It’s always a great idea to come prepared with bags just in case you need to pick up after your dog. Be kind to your fellow beach-goers and always pick up after your dog on the beach. You also might want to bring along a large gallon plastic bag if there are no trash cans around the beach you are at.
4. Watch Out for Other Dogs
If you are at a beach that allows dogs to roam freely without their leash, keep an eye out for other dogs. Some dogs are bullies and will be aggressive towards your dog. The last thing you want at a relaxing beach is to have your dog fighting another dog and causing a scene.