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  1. Dog Beach Outings: Do’s and Don’ts (by Pete at The Goody Pet)

    A spring break is a perfect time to take your dog for a beach outing. If you are a pet parent, you must be very well aware of how dogs absolutely love the sun, sand, and sea. If you live in San Diego or other coastal areas, you could find a million things to do with your pet. However, a beach outing could pose risks if you are not careful about the safety of your pet.

    Listed below are the do’s and don’ts of a beach outing with your dog to ensure that it is filled with fun and peals of laughter.

    Do Train Your Dog In Advance
    Before you hit the beach, it is a wise idea to evaluate how comfortable your dog is with other dogs.

    If your dog has not been trained to be around other pets and children, the new-found excitement could overwhelm him. A basic obedience course can come in handy and let you two have uninterrupted fun together.

    Do Teach Your Dog How To Swim
    It is a very bad idea to assume that all dogs can swim. Dogs are naturally built to be able to float on the surface of the water but there are a number of other factors such as the water current, type of beaches, depth of the water to consider.

    Take it slow and teach your dog to swim before an outing to the beach.

    Do Find A Shade
    Your dog’s coat is sensitive to excessive heat and if you feel that the weather might get too warm for him, try to look for a shade even before you let him go off the leash. Park yourself in the shade and come back to it when your dog is done with playing. He will cherish the much-needed cooling.

    Do Keep Fresh Water Handy
    Your dog might be prone to dehydration if there are too many activities involved. Always keep fresh water on hand so that you can keep him well-hydrated. Do look out for signs of dehydration if the weather gets too hot. It can cause fatigue, lethargy and a very sleepy dog.

    Dog friendly beach guide

    Spanish Water Dogs on the beach (photo kindly provided by Deryk)

    Do Watch What They Drink
    While your pet might love drinking salt water, it is best avoided. You must limit the intake of salt water as strictly as possible. Offer fresh water instead.

    Don’t Let Him Burn
    It is not just us humans that burn and tan on a beach outing. Our pet’s coat is much more sensitive than human skin and if they have light skin and shorter hair, they are even more prone to sunburn. Do remember to carry a sunscreen that is especially meant for pets.

    Don’t Let Him Go Off-Leash
    Until and unless you are absolutely sure of the beach rules and the surroundings, do not let your dog go off-leash because it would only mean trouble. Your dog must be well-trained before you can let him run around with being on the leash. He should be done with his basic obedience training so that he is aware of your instructions.

    Don’t Leave Behind Poop
    If your dog poops on the beach, don’t leave it behind. It is your responsibility to clean it up.

    Author Bio
    This post was contributed by Pete Decker, the Lead Editor at The Goody Pet. Pete loves to share his passion for pets through snippets of interesting and helpful information. You can find more of Pete at his website, Twitter or Facebook.