Whether you're headed on holiday or you just want to spend a day relaxing at the beach, taking man's best friend along can make it extra special. Many areas do permit dogs on beaches, but there definitely are some precautions that need to be taken to make it work. To ensure both you and Fido have a great time at the beach together, here are a few helpful tips to follow.
Check the beach regulations and rules
Before you take your pet to the beach, it's always a great idea to check the beach regulations and rules. Not all beach areas permit dogs on beaches. Those that do permit dogs usually require that your dog be kept on a leash the entire time. Check those regulations to ensure you follow all the rules and remember you are responsible for your dog and his behavior. Today it's easy to use mobile apps to find beaches in your area that permit dogs and these apps often provide you with other areas that are pet friendly, which definitely is helpful if you're on a holiday.
Keep your pet protected
To make sure that you and your dog have fun, keeping your pet protected is essential. When dogs are at the beach, they are exposed to sand fleas, which are very common in such areas. Ask your vet about appropriate flea care. You can also find products to keep your dog safe from the sun while on the beach. Sun block can be used to avoid a sunburn and protective goggles for dogs are another product that can keep your dog well protected. Sun block for sun protection is especially important for the ear and nose area of your dog.
Provide plenty of shade
It can really get hot on the beach, so providing plenty of shade for dogs on beaches is important. While some beaches do offer some shady areas, it's always a great idea to take a couple umbrellas to keep both you and your dog shaded from the sun. This way you prevent heat related illness and dehydration.
Take plenty of water
If you're going to take your pet to the beach, hydration is imperative. This means you need to have plenty of water for your dog to drink, since drinking water may not be available. Doggie vests or doggie packs can offer a great way for them to carry a bowl and extra water. Ensure your dog drinks on a regular basis throughout the day at the beach.
Be sure to clean up
Cleaning up behind your dog is essential when you head to the beach. Take along some bags to make sure you pick up after dogs on beaches so the environment is not contaminated.
Have some toys on hand
Dogs on beaches love to play in and out of the water. Have some toys on hand to make it extra fun and to keep your pet from playing with items that are off limits. Toys like Frisbees and floatable toys make it fun to play in the surf.
Rinse your dog well
Last, make sure you rinse dogs on beaches well before you go home. Most beaches have an area where you can rinse off and rinsing salt water off your dog's coat is imperative. Make sure you bring along some towels to dry your dog off before the trip home.
You can find more expert tips on how to have a great time with dogs on beaches, and practical information on travelling with your best fur friend, at Take Your Pet -- your one-stop-shop for pet-friendly advice on the road.