With the temperatures soaring over the summer, it’s not surprising that many dog owners look to local beaches for some relief—and not just beaches where they can enjoy the water, but beaches specifically for dogs. These beaches are often roped off from regular beaches, so that only dogs swim there, and they’re a great change of pace for a dog who usually only gets walks with their owner or a dog walker and the occasional trip to the dog park. But are dog beaches safe? Here are some tips and things to remember before you pack the sunscreen and head to the shore.
Follow the Rules
Similar to dog parks, dog beaches have rules that owners need to follow. Things like not bringing aggressive dogs to the beach, making sure your dog has ID and tags and is up-to-date on vaccinations, and following leash rules are all smart choices to make when bringing your dog to the beach. Practicing good etiquette will inspire others to follow and can also preserve peace of mind at the beach among other dog owners. Cleaning up after your dog is also imperative. Prior to your trip to the beach, you may want to make sure your pup will be in good physical shape—hiring dog walkers in Ukranian Village to take your dog on a midday walk will help them build up endurance so they can get the most out of running around on a sandy beach.
Protect Your Dog Against Heat and Sun
Like people, dogs can sunburn, and overheating a serious issue for dogs since they don’t sweat like we do. Short coated dogs, ones with short summer haircuts, and dogs with pink noses can all burn more easily than other dogs. You can find sunscreen specifically made for pets that is non-toxic and not oily. As for overheating, pay close attention to your dog’s behavior and breathing—excessive panting and drooling are signs that a dog is overheating, and you’ll need to get your dog out of the heat if you notice this.
Avoid Beach Hazards
Other tips to remember include knowing how your dog handles swimming. Life jackets for dogs are available, and can be very helpful for short-muzzled dogs like bulldogs, Boston terriers, and pugs, as well as short-legged breeds like dachshunds. Remember to rinse your dog off before heading home, as the water may irritate their skin.