Trips with Pets brings us this helpful list of dos and don’ts if you want to take your dog on a late summer beach vacation.
Dog Beach Do’s:
Do make sure your dog’s vaccinations are current and that he’s wearing the proper ID. Keep your vet’s number on hand just in case something happens.
Do check the ocean for jellyfish and stingrays. A sting to your dog will be sure to ruin both his and your experience.
Do set a time limit for your beach trip. A couple hours might be just the right amount of time at the beach, depending on your dog’s activity level.
Do bring toys and balls to throw and fetch. This is exactly why you are both there: to HAVE FUN!
Dog Beach Don’ts:
Don’t let your dogs go into areas on the beach where they’re not allowed. Dunes and grassy areas need to be protected from any sort of environmental damage that a dog might cause.
Don’t let your dog out of your site. Not even once. Paying attention and being proactive will go a long way in protecting you and your dog.
Don’t forget to bring the leash, beach towels, umbrella, fresh water, and doggie sunscreen (yes, you can actually get sunscreen specifically made for dogs).
Don’t leave a mess behind! Bring your own doggie poop bags and be diligent about cleaning up.
If you haven’t booked your trip yet, check out this list of pet-friendly beaches.
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!