We all love the beach and the last few weeks of summer is the perfect time to take advantage of (hopefully) good weather and warmer temperatures. Here are our top tips for beach life!
Some UK beaches don’t allow dogs between May – October. Make sure you check before packing the car, the children, the kitchen sink and the dog and heading off to the beach only to discover that your fur friend cannot frolick on the beach or in the sea.
KEEP IT CLEAN
Make sure you clean up after your dog. Sounds obvious but if you have a very active dog that runs way ahead of you, you’ll need to be able to keep up! Keeping the beach clean for other users is so important for obvious health reasons and not only allows us all to enjoy our day out but ensures the beach remains open for dogs in the future.
IN THE SHADE
If you aren’t going to hire a beach hut, then think about how you will provide shade for your dog. Even with a cool sea breeze, the temperature can rise, and your dog will need some shade to snooze in. Taking his blanket along with him to lay on will also ensure that he’s not laying directly on the uncomfortably hot sand.
THE GREAT ESCAPEE
If your dog is inclined to take himself off on adventures, then you will need to tether him. Trying to find your dog on a busy beach front is going to be much harder than your local park and don’t forget other people will be picnicking, so they won’t want your dog joining them suddenly and helping himself to their lunch.
Bring plenty of water and a deep bowl to serve in so that it doesn’t end up getting sand in and putting your dog off drinking it.
While we all love to cool down with an ice lolly or ice-cream, dairy products and ice lollies are not ideal for your dog. Take along some of our tasty, healthy treats for him to snack on as well as remembering to bring his food along with you if you are planning a full day at the beach.
Keep your dog on a long line if you are venturing into the sea with him or her. Even the best swimmers can get caught out by a strong under current or see a lilo out further and think that looks like a lot of fun and start heading off in the wrong direction. Remember coupled with the noise of the waves and people, your dog may find it harder to hear and spot you, so if in doubt use a long line lead.
Follow these tips, and you should both have a wonderful time by the sea-side!
For more great tips on cool this summer, check out our 6 TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR DOG COOL THIS SUMMER blog