What to consider when taking your dog to the beach

If you are thinking of taking your dog to the beach, it is important to take into account some considerations. This is mainly to ensure the safety and well-being of your pet. However, it should be noted that taking your doggy pet to the beach can be a fun experience for both of you.

Before going out with your pet, there are some recommendations that you can follow to prepare properly and have a good time and maximum enjoyment.

Recommendations before taking your dog to the beach

  • Vaccines. Make sure your dog is vaccinated and has a current health record. This will help you avoid many diseases that you could catch from being outdoors.
  • Implements. Your dog should be on a leash and collar, which will help keep him safe outdoors. Make sure their collar has a tag with your information on it in case it gets lost. An extendable leash can be a good idea for your dog to investigate and browse to his heart’s content.
  • Training. To go outside and to take your dog to the beach, he must be trained. That is, it must be able to respond to basic commands, such as “come”, “sit” and “stay”. This will help keep him safe and under control in a new and potentially stimulating environment.
  • Research. Make sure you know the regulations and restrictions of the beach you plan to take your dog to. Some beaches have specific rules about the presence of dogs, permitted hours or designated areas for dogs. You must respect and comply with the rules.

On the beach

Once at the beach, there are some basic recommendations you should follow to keep your dog safe.

  • Hydration. The sand and sun can be very hot for your dog, so it is important to always have water on hand to keep your dog hydrated. In addition, it is advisable to bring an umbrella to protect your pet from the sun and, of course, to protect you from the sun’s rays.
  • Sun protection. Like humans, dogs can also get sunburned. For a dog with a short or light coat, you can apply dog-specific sunscreen to exposed areas such as the nose, ears and belly. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, especially during the hottest hours.
  • Surveillance. Dogs can be very curious and like to sniff and taste everything. That’s why you should keep a close eye on your pet to prevent him from ingesting things he might find on the beach that could make him sick.
  • Parasites. The beach and other outdoor locations can be breeding grounds for parasites such as fleas and ticks for your pet. That’s why you must make sure your dog is protected with the right treatment.
  • Waste. It is important that you carry bags to pick up your dog’s waste. You should also clean up any residue that may have been left after your visit to the beach.

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