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May 25, 2021
If you're planning a trip to the beach this summer, then you probably already know what you need to bring to make the most of your experience. You'll likely pick out a new swimsuit, fluffy beach towel, trendy sunglasses, and of course, sunscreen.
Then, you might pack a tasty picnic lunch and fill a bag with fun stuff to do, like beach balls, a paddleball set, a boogie board, maybe even load up a surfboard or jet ski. Or, perhaps a good book is more your style. But what if you're planning to bring Fido on your beach adventure? Taking your dog to the beach adds a whole other list of items to your beach bag.
Before showing up at the beach with your dog, it's worth taking care of a few things first. The number one priority is making sure the beach is dog-friendly. This step goes beyond merely allowing dogs. Scope the beach out ahead of time and see if other people tend to bring their pups. If so, you can safely assume the people who visit the beach are at least dog-tolerant.
Plus, it's also an excellent idea to introduce the beach to your dog slowly. Before setting off on a full day of fun, visit the beach with your pooch for a 30-minute walk, then a 45-minute walk/play session combo, etc. Test out how your dog responds to the beach environment. If they seem to enjoy it, then you can start extending the length of your visits.
Finally, before heading to the surf and sand, check the weather. Try to avoid overly hot days that could increase your dog's risk of heat exhaustion and other issues.
Once you've done these things, gather your supplies ahead of time. You don't want to end up going without something important because you didn't realize you needed it or were out of it. As for what to bring to the beach for your dog, we've got you covered. Check out the list of items at the end of this article.
A fun beach outing can turn into a disaster if you don’t take the proper precautions. Stay away from rough, choppy water, keep your pal on a leash, and scan the area where you set up your stuff. Keep an eye out for sharp objects in the sand, snippy critters like crabs, and other potential dangers.
Also, take notes of nearby visiting dogs that might rile up your pooch. If you spot some aggressive pups, choosing a different area might be the better option for you. Finally, provide your dog with lots of shade and sun protection (you’ll find ideas for what you need on our list).
When you enjoy a day at the beach with your pal, it’s not fair to do so at the expense of other’s enjoyment. In other words, make sure you and your dog practice good beach manners. You don’t want to disturb other beachgoers or ignore your duties as a pet parent.
Therefore, if you haven’t already done so, before attempting a beach outing, do some basic training with your pup. Essentials like sit, stay, and come are important commands (no matter where you are) for keeping your dog safe and respecting others. In addition, it can be helpful to bring a few distractions along with you, like our Neat-Lik Mat or similar item, to help keep your pal engaged when they get anxious or unfocused. For the comfort of everyone at the beach, it is best to walk your dog off the beach if they need to use the bathroom. However, if an accident does happen, make sure you clean it up just like you would anywhere else.
Of course, what you bring to the beach for your pup depends on a few things. What will you be doing? How long are you planning to stay? Is anyone coming with you? These are just a few of the things to consider when gathering your supplies.
However, in addition to the poop bags, here's a basic list of what you should expect to bring with you when taking your dog to the beach (as well as some highly suggested items):
Once you've taken the time to properly prep and pack for your beach adventure, you can enjoy some summer fun with your best furry friend. Check out the rest of our blog for more helpful tips on spending quality time with your fur babies. We know, when it comes to your pets, it's all about spoiling them and doing what's best for them at the same time.
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