- Taking your dog to the beach? Make sure that beach takes dogs!
First things first. Always check the local rules—they’re usually posted publicly—to make sure it’s okay to bring your dog to the beach.
You can also soak up the sun at an off-leash dog park or dog beach. More and more dog owners are discovering pet-friendly destinations to visit with their dogs. If your idea of a great outing or vacation includes racing along the shoreline with your canine bud, you certainly have options.
- Teach your dog to swim
Some dogs come ready to bring their A-game on the water; some—not so much. Don’t assume your dog is an automatic swimmer (okay, unless you have a lab), and take it nice and easy. If it’s your dog’s first time in the water, he may be tentative about diving right in. Consider easing into things with some dog swim lessons first.
- Find fresh water and shade
Any time you take your dog out in the sun for an extended period of time, it's important to provide opportunities for shady naps and hydration. The beach can be hard exercise, and blistering temps can lead to fatigue or dehydration. Pack plenty of water bottles and a drinking bowl for your dog.
- Watch what they drink
Mmm… salt. Many dogs love to drink salt water at the beach—but it’s not good for them. Do your best to limit drinking salt water and encourage hydrating with fresh water. Otherwise, you could be dealing with diarrhea and an upset tummy later on. A collapsible water dish is a great thing to pack.
- Stay sun-protected
Dogs can burn too, especially if they have light skin and fur or short hair. Just like humans, they're also at risk for skin cancer.
Focus on the ears and nose, which are the most susceptible to sun damage. You can even purchase sunscreen made for pets. Or suit your dog up in a sun shirt designed to protect him from harmful rays.
- Keep a look out for dangerous items
Be aware that all sorts of items can be partially or fully hidden in the sand. Broken glass, rocks, hooks, coral, and garbage can pose a danger to your dog.
Another thing to look out for during your dog’s beach day: hot sand. If you’re wearing sandals, you might not realize how scorching the sand actually is. Avoid paw burns with dog booties, or walk your dog along the edge of the water.
One thing we recommend is to use some Zen Frenz Healing Balm. This can be directly applied to your pups paws to relieve them against the hot sand or cement.
- Rinse well
Whether you’ve been hanging out in salt or freshwater, be sure you rinse off your dog’s coat to rid them of any sand, salt, and beach germs before you head home. Not only will this protect your car from a major mess, but it also prevents skin irritation caused by the sand and salt. If your dog’s skin is especially sensitive, these two offenders can cause serious itching.
A quick and simple rinse is all it takes to keep your furry friend fresh and odor-free. But, feel free to use some shampoo and treat it like normal bath time. We recommend using Zen Frenz Shampoo if your pet is especially anxious or wild during bath time to help calm them down and stay zen.
- Pick up that poop
Many dog-friendly beaches provide "mutt mitts" at the entrance, although you should also bring your own. Dog poop is a problem for fish and wildlife, so be mindful of picking it up to avoid water and soil contamination. Stash some poop bags in your beach tote to clean up after your dog.
If you’re looking to hit the waves and sand this summer, there’s no need to leave your dog at home. With a small amount of preparation and a healthy dose of caution, you can both enjoy the best day ever at the beach. We recommend preparing in some shape or form of some Zen Frenz products. If your pup has sensitive paws, then use some Zen Frenz Healing Balm. If your pup gets anxious during car rides, then use either some Zen Bites or Zen Drops. This should be a relaxing day for both you and your pup so lets make sure they’re taken care of.
Works Cited“9 Hot Tips for Taking Your Dog to the Beach.” The Dog People by Rover.com, 15 May 2019, www.rover.com/blog/9-hot-tips-taking-dog-beach/.