Choose a dog-friendly beach
First things first. Always check the local rules, they’re usually posted by each beach publicly, to make sure it’s okay to bring your dog to the beach. Luckily, you’ll find dog-friendly beaches and swimming spots in abundance all over the UK so there should be a few within driving distance.
Teach your dog to swim
Some dogs are natural-born swimmers; some – not so much. Don’t assume your dog is an automatic swimmer, and take it nice and easy.
Find fresh water and shade
Any time you take your dog out in the sun for an extended period, it’s important to provide opportunities for shady naps and hydration. The beach can be hard work!
Steer clear of choppy water
Water that is busy with large waves, boats, boards, or jet skis can scare your dog, so try to find an area where the water’s calm.
Watch what they drink
Mmm…salt. Many dogs love to drink salt water at the seaside – but it’s not good for them. Do you best to limit their intake of salt water and encourage hydration with fresh water. A collapsible water dish is a great thing to pack.
Provide sun protection!
Dogs can burn too, especially if they have light skin and fur or short hair. Focus on the ears and nose. You can even purchase sun cream made for pets.
Look out for dangers in the sand
Be aware that all sorts of items can be partially or fully hidden in the sand. Broken glass, rocks, hooks, coral, and rubbish can pose a danger to your dog.
Rinse their fur
Whether you have been hanging out in salt or fresh water, make sure you rinse off your dog’s coat to rid them of any sand, salt, and beach germs before you head home.
Pick up their poop
It should be obvious but no matter where you go, if you’re taking your dog along with you always take a supply of poo bags with you. Dog poop is a problem for fish and wildlife, so be mindful of picking it up to avoid water and soil contamination. Its also not very nice for anyone else to step in!
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