Visiting the beach with your dog is a great way to relax in summer and spend some quality time with your pet. However, there are a number of things to consider before packing up your folding chair and heading to the car.
What to Take
When considering what to take with you, remember that there is often very little to no shade at all on the beach. Whilst we can regulate our temperature quite well and cover ourselves in sun lotion to avoid sunburn, a dog is not so fortunate when it comes to the heat; with their coats, they can overheat very quickly and without adequate shade they will soon become ill from heat sickness. A large umbrella or overhead shade is the best thing to help with this; you can also place a water bowl in this shade to allow your pet to keep completely cool and hydrated without needing to spend too much time moving about in the sun. Remember that having a fresh supply of water for your dog is necessary to keep them healthy, as too much intake of salt water can cause a stomach upset.
Controlling Your Dog
Controlling your dog is a very important aspect when on a beach, as not everyone will be welcoming or as happy to share the beach. To avoid any confrontation, make sure your dog is under your control at all times and is unable to go running off towards anything to play or investigate. A long lead is a good way to do this, as it still gives your dog the freedom to sniff about without being too intrusive.
Pick Up After Your Dog
Another way to avoid any issues is to make sure you pick up after your dog straight away as it is obviously unsanitary to leave droppings on the beach and kicking sand over the mess will just not do the job.
There are many hazards on the beach that can harm your dog and it is worth your time to take note and be aware of the dangers. Not only can salt water cause issues for your pet, but also the wildlife can prove particularly unpleasant for your dog. Make sure to keep them away from any washed up jellyfish that you might find, and keep them out of the water if any jellyfish are spotted. Dropped food or lost items are other objects that could be ingested and cause internal problems, so keep an eye on what your dog is sniffing or digging near.
Before you start your trip, make sure that the beach you are planning on visiting is a dog-friendly beach; some beaches are completely open to the public and their pets, but some beaches may have restrictions during this time of year or not allow dogs altogether, so always check before your trip.