Beach days with your dog
The beach is the perfect playground for dogs to run, dig, and splash! As we soak up the summer sun, it's essential to ensure our pups stay safe. Here's your guide to the perfect beach day with your canine.
Running and playing at the beach can be thirsty work. Dogs can quickly become dehydrated, especially in the heat. Always bring a water bowl and plenty of fresh water to keep your dog hydrated. Consider investing in a portable, collapsible bowl for on-the-go hydration. Watch out for signs of overheating, such as excessive panting or lethargy, and encourage your pup to take breaks in the shade.
The hot sand can be tough on sensitive paws. Before hitting the beach, check the sand's temperature by placing the back of your hand on it. If it's too hot for you, it's too hot for your furry friend. In addition to early morning or late afternoon visits. Regularly check their paw pads for any signs of irritation or burns. Soothe dry paws following a beach visit with a paw balm.
While some dogs love to paddle, not all are natural swimmers. Keep a close eye on your pup around the waves, and consider a doggy life jacket if they're new to the water. Even confident dogs can be taken off guard by strong currents, so be cautious and stay close by when your dog is in the water.
Obey the rules
Before venturing onto crowded beaches, check the local regulations regarding leash laws. Even if your dog is well-behaved off-leash, it's essential to consider the safety and comfort of others. Keep your dog on a leash in busier areas to ensure they stay close.
After your beach adventure, a thorough rinse is crucial to your dog's well-being. Saltwater and sand can irritate their skin, especially in sensitive areas like paw pads and underbellies. You can use a bottle or bucket of water to rinse of your dog's paws and underbelly, or take them to a dog wash. Use shampoo to get squeaky clean and make your dog comfortable for a post-beach rest.
Remember, every dog is different, so gauge your pup's comfort at the beach and adjust accordingly for a day of fun in the sun.