Top tips for a fun day out at the beach with your dog

June 14, 2024

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Days out at the beach can be one of the best parts of summer. Many dogs love the freedom of a run on a large, sandy beach and maybe even a swim in the sea.

With a little planning and a pinch of common sense days at the beach can be fun for everyone so read on for more advice…

Our Top 10 Tips

  1. Make sure your dog has access to shade at all times.
  2. If your dog likes a swim, stick to calmer waters with smaller waves.
  3. Discourage your dog from drinking saltwater, as excessive consumption can lead to health issues.
  4. Bring plenty of fresh water for your dog to drink and encourage them to drink frequently.
  5. Sand and hot surfaces can scorch sensitive paw pads. Try and avoid the beach if really warm weather is forecast, and avoid the hottest part of the day.
  6. Keep an eye out for sharp debris or hazards such as dead fish that may be tempting.
  7. Make sure that your dog is not ingesting sand, as this can can lead to digestive issues or blockages.
  8. Not all dogs are natural swimmers. Recognise your dog’s comfort level and never force them into water if they seem anxious or tired.
  9. Good manners make for a happier beach experience for all. Stick to local beach restrictions, clean up after your dog, and be considerate of other beachgoers and their pets.
  10. At the end of the day, rinse off your dog to remove salt and sand. Pay extra attention to their paws, ears and underbelly to prevent irritation.

Following the tips above should avoid any heat related issues, but its worth being aware of the signs of heatstroke in dogs. These include excessive panting, drooling, restlessness, red gums/tongue, lethargy, vomiting & diarrhoea. If your dog appears to be overheating, take them out of the sun, wet their fur with cool water, encourage drinking and get prompt vet advice.

A top tip for spotting dehydration in dogs is to pull up a pinch of skin and let it drop. If it doesn’t go back to normal right away, your dog is likely dehydrated.

As much as you enjoy a day out at the beach, remember that very hairy, old or young, or unwell dogs may be happier relaxing at home. Nervous or reactive dogs may also find a long day out at a busy beach a little bit much. For the less robust types a run on a quite, cool winter beach may be more enjoyable.

We would love to see your dog having fun at the beach this summer. Share photos & videos of your dog having fun at the beach and make our team’s day!

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