A day at the beach is the perfect time to unwind especially after a hectic week in the city for some of us. The sound of the crashing waves and the smell of the ocean. Indeed, it sounds like a good day and when you have your dog with you, it makes it all the better. At the beach, your dog can do everything that it likes which swimming, digging, running, hiking and fetching all are rolled into one location. This also gives your dog the chance to explore and for you to have more bonding moments with your pooch.
Think of this as your comprehensive guide for a relaxing day at the beach with your dog. Let’s tackle it in three phases which are: (1) going to the beach, (2) your stay at the beach, and (3) going home from the beach.
- Going to the beach.
Your preparations would perhaps be the most effort that you would have to exert. Make sure that the beach you go to are dog-friendly because some beaches may not be ideal for your dog. This will all be worth it however because this will make your trip enjoyable and relaxing for both you and your pet.
When you prepare, you have to take into consideration the things that you would need to prepare such as:
- A small tent to provide shade for your dog but an umbrella will do.
- A lot of fresh water to keep your dog hydrated.
- Treats that don’t get soggy with the heat and moisture.
- A leash, especially when it’s your dog’s first time that is long enough for them to move around but manageable enough for you. (Leashes like the instant trainer dog leash is a good reference for an ideal leash)
- Sunscreen for your dog. Short haired dogs would especially need it.
- Microfiber cloth to help wipe off the sand off your dog’s sensitive areas like the nose, mouth and eyes.
It would also be beneficial for your dog if they have a solid and readable tag around their necks just in case of emergencies
- Your stay at the beach.
Now that you have prepared everything necessary for your dog, all you have to do is have fun. This is pretty much a no brainer. If it’s your dog’s first time at the beach, you may want to buy a life vest just in case when you teach your dog how to swim if it doesn’t know how to. A leash that’s long will also help you keep track of your pet without having to worry that your dog has ran somewhere you couldn’t see.
Toys are of course a necessity when you go the beach. Dog activities like playing fetch using a ball or disk plate is much more enjoyable with the ample space at the beach. Also keep in mind that you have to be responsible for your dog’s poop. Feces in general are toxic to the water and the sand so do your due diligence to pick it up and throw in the trash bin.
- Going home.
Your day at the beach is almost coming to an end and your dog by now is probably wet and has a face full of sand. Of course, you can’t help it that sand will inevitably get into your car but there is a way of minimizing it. There are dog carriers in the market that are water proof and will contain water and some dirt brought by your dog. This dog carrier is also a great pet car seat cover. And when you get home, you could simply take it out with all the dirt crisis averted.
A day at the beach with your dog is fun and relaxing given that you are well prepared. Now that you know the basics of what you need to do, you are now mentally prepared and spend your day breezily under the sun.