Taking Your Dog to the Beach

If you plan to be at the beach for several hours, make sure you bring a water bowl and plenty of fresh water for your dog

Summertime at the beach with your dog and family is about one of the best outings you could ever have, but dogs do not come pre-trained to be at the beach. For instance, if you begin taking your dog with you to the beach when they are puppies after they have been fully vaccinated, they are pre-conditioned so that as adults they make great beach companions. While it is true that breeds that are bred to be near and in the water enjoy the beach probably more than other dogs, even dogs that are not bred for water sports still enjoy the beach.

Dogs love to swim, run, romp, play, and get as dirty as they can at the beach. They love being with you and when that includes time spent at the beach, they are super happy. There are some things to keep in mind before you just show up on the beach with your dog. First, what are the rules and regulations of the beach when it comes to dogs, which is very important because some beaches do not allow dogs, therefore, if you show up with your dog, you will be asked to leave. What’s more, you may be fined for bringing your dog to a beach where it is not allowed.

Keep in mind that the only kind of dogs that most beaches do allow are socialized, friendly, and obedient dogs, which is why if you intend to bring your dog to the beach with you that you begin training early, the sooner you begin, the better. Make sure your dog is spayed or neutered before you bring them to the beach as this is typically required of all public beaches.

If you plan to be at the beach for several hours, make sure you bring a water bowl and plenty of fresh water for your dog, because running on the beach in the summertime is very exhausting for both you and Fido, therefore, hydration is very important. In addition, if your dog has fair skin and short hair, make sure you bring along some sunscreen, you can just put it in your hands and then rub it into the dog’s coat making sure you get down to the skin. If your dog has a pink nose, make sure you put plenty of sunscreen on his or her nose, but do not get it in their nostrils.

A day at the beach with your dog can be one of the most thrilling adventures for both you and your dog, but it is vital to make sure you follow the rules of the beach with your dog. In addition, make sure your dog is current on vaccines, and the first time or two going to the beach, you should have them on a leash until you are sure that their recall is consistent when you call them. Socialize your puppy from an early age with people and other dogs, so that when you are ready to head to the beach, your dog is friendly with everyone he or she meets.

Source by Kelly Marshall

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