Going to the beach with a furry friend in tow? The beach is super fun, but there are several factors that could put a damper on a day by the shore. To keep your pooch safe, we’ve put together a little list of precautions to consider.

Are Pooches Allowed at the Beach?

Before grabbing your umbrella and surfboard, check to see if dogs are even allowed at the beach. Every time a new rule or prohibition comes into play, it’s because somebody ruined it by behaving like a spoiled brat. In this case, negligent dog owners who refuse to pick up their doggie’s doo may be to blame. When families go out for a day at the beach the last thing they want to worry about is their kids picking up, walking in or otherwise having to deal with #2.

Even if they have picked up after their pet, some owners allow their dogs to run loose and wreak havoc, in a way which is aggravating to fellow beachgoers. This may include attacking other dogs or people or damaging other people’s property while unattended.

While it should be a no-brainer, it can’t be stressed enough that this should be first on your checklist. The local administrative office for parks and recreations should be able to answer your questions about whether or not dogs are allowed in the premises. This information may even be available on their website.

Dog Pack

Besides water, food and a bowl, pack a leash and muzzle just in case. Often, dogs are only allowed at the beach with this “safety gear” to ensure he’s not a threat to anyone else.

If the beach is a long way from home, find out who the nearest vet is to the beach. Should Hairy Paw-ter get injured, suddenly look unwell, or if you think he swallowed something dangerous, you’ll be glad you did this. Again, because of negligent beachgoers, there could be dangers lurking on the beach that can be deadly to your pooch so always stay on the side of caution and, of course, prevention.

Garbage on the Beach

Carelessly disposed trash like plastic bags, broken glass, hypodermic needles or rusted sharp metal objects like fish hooks are a reality.

In Hawaii, warning signs for World War II-era land mines are a common sight at the beach. While there haven’t been any recent explosions, they still turn up and have to be properly remediated.

Dealing with Other Dogs

Danger can also be from improperly trained or more aggressive dogs. If you have a small dog, a larger dog may go after him (duh!). Although it would be nice to imagine that most of the dogs that people bring to the beach are tame, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so have a back up plan in case an unwieldy monster shows up.

Dangers at the Beach

Even if everyone else at the beach is playing by the rules, some dangers come from the beach itself like the remains of a dead fish or jellyfish with their painful stings.

During windy weather or at sunset, waves can get dangerously strong. In fact, they can be strong enough to sweep you out farther than you want to go. Unless you and your dog are strong swimmers, you may want to avoid beach outings under these conditions.

If it’s particularly hot out, this could be horrible unless you and Hairy are prepared to stay in the cool water the entire time.

Everyone including your dog wants to have a great time at the beach. We hope these tips help you to plan ahead for a safe day at the beach.

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Dog Safety At The Beach