5 Tips for Taking Your Dog to the Beach

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How to take your dog for beach outing.

1.      Pack properly

Arriving at the beach without preparing for your pup’s basic needs can put a damper on your day. Lather him up with sunscreen specifically formulated for dogs at least 30 minutes before heading out—paying special attention to his ears, nose, and areas where he has less fur, like his belly, which can get burned by reflected light. Bring multiple gallon-sized jugs of fresh water and a bowl for him to drink out of. Put together a first-aid kit of bandages, cotton balls, ammonia, and hydrogen peroxide in case of jellyfish stings or cut paws. If your buddy is a puppy or isn’t very skilled at swimming, purchase a dog life jacket to keep him buoyant as he splashes around.

2.      Know your beach

It’s important to establish if the local beach allows dogs to roam free or if they should be on a leash. Some people may be afraid of dogs, so be watchful of who your Fido may be approaching to avert any sort of snafu.

3.      Swimming

If you’re planning to bring your precious dog to the beach, you possibly know that your furry friend enjoys swimming. When you bring him to the water and he isn’t diving in right away, take it slow. Do not force your pup to go in. He might feel more confident if you jump in first and then call him. If you aren’t sure, bringing a pooch life vest along with you would be a great idea.

4.      Anticipate sudden behavior

Since you probably haven’t had a chance to work with your dog amid the novel distractions at the beach, be aware that he might not be as responsive to you as he is in your yard. Don’t let your dog off leash until you’re confident that he’ll respond to your training cues like “come” and “stay,” and will refrain from raiding other people’s food and supplies. Another factor is the crash of the waves and shouts of giddy kids, which may drown out your own voice and make your cues inaudible. If danger is lurking in the surf, you may have trouble alerting him to it so he can remain safe.

5.      Watch out

Summer at the beach occurs along with two temperature extremes: sun-produced heat, and an awfully cold, cold ocean. Observe how your pup is behaving and responding while you’re together during the day since there’s a great risk for hypothermia or heat stroke. You don’t want to be that careless owner who doesn’t know how to take care of his dog. So, you better start watching out! When you get to the beach, keep your dog on a leash as you scope out the situation and assess the circumstances. Ask yourself important questions: Is the area overly crowded with small children who could get knocked over by an exuberant pup? How many other dogs are on the beach, are they playing appropriately together and what’s the size difference between the dogs? Is the beach littered with trash he can eat or broken glass and beer caps that can cut his paws? If it seems like the environment might be challenging for your dog, keep him on leash until the situation calms down, or move to a less populated part of the beach.


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