A day at the beach can be a great way to enjoy time with your pet. But heading to the beach with your dog without preparing first may make things more difficult than enjoyable. Before taking a beach trip with your dog, consider these five simple tips for taking your dog to the beach.
Tips for taking your dog to the beach
We love spending time outdoors with our dog. And because we live close to the ocean so we go to the beach very often. We love to bring our dogs to the beach and we have learned a few things about what makes for a fun beach outing for everyone, including our pooch. Here are some simple tips for a beach outing with your four-legged best friend.
Make sure your dog is not afraid of the beach
The most important thing before taking your dog to the beach for the day is to find out if your dog likes the beach. Not all dogs feel comfortable at the beach. Some are afraid of the ocean, especially if there are waves. We have two dogs and one of them is terrified of the beach. She likes rivers and lakes but doesn’t like the ocean at all. She gets very nervous and we have just decided to keep her away from the beach since she doesn’t enjoy it.
Find the right beach
While many beaches are dog-friendly, a variety of other beaches don’t allow dogs at all. Before planning a trip to the beach with your dog, check to make sure your destination allows dogs on their beaches. In addition to checking to make sure dogs are allowed, it’s also a good idea to look up the rules for dogs on the beach. Will your dog need to be on a leash or can the run free? Are dogs allowed on the sand and in the water? Knowing the answers to these questions before you leave will make your trip a little easier. If you live in Southwest Florida make sure to check out our favorite local dog-friendly beaches.
Dogs need sunscreen too
If your dog is a short-haired breed or has exposed skin, you should apply a chemical-free sunscreen before you head to the beach. You can find dog sunscreen on Amazon here and there’s also sunscreen for your dog’s nose. And if you plan on allowing your dog to swim, don’t forget to make sure your sunscreen is waterproof, too.
Watch out for hot sand
It may be easy for you to avoid hot sand by putting on a pair of shoes when you walk to the beach, but your dog can’t cover their feet to avoid walking on hot sand. If the sand feels too hot for you, then it’s too hot for your dog too. Carry your dog over the hot sand to avoid paw burns.
Bring water and shade
It’s also important to make sure you have plenty of fresh water for your furry friend (and you) to drink. And don’t forget to bring a beach umbrella or canopy to provide shade from the hot sun while you’re relaxing on the beach.
Give him a bath
Although giving your dog a good rinse after leaving the beach is a great way to remove visible sand from their paws and coat, it’s also a good idea to give your dog a bath when you return home from the beach. Washing with a gentle dog shampoo will help remove any embedded sand from their coat, which may cause scratches and irritation to their skin if left unwashed for an extended period of time.
I would love to hear your tips for taking your dog to the beach.