Your dog at the beach: practical guide

Marina di Castell

Your long-awaited holidays are here and it’s finally time to relax with our beloved dogs at the beach. After properly checked if our buddy meets the municipal regulation for dogs’ access to beaches, keep in mind a few tips that will make your holiday more pleasant.

If your dog’s breed loves swimming, like usually Labradors, Retrievers and Newfoundland do, the impact with water will be spontaneous. Though, for other breeds it may be different and they may not like it. We suggest trying to respect their time to get used to the water instead of forcing them into.

Swimming with our dog can be an amazing experience but we should take into consideration that they might inadvertently scratch us, that’s why we recommend to swim with a t-shirt or board-shorts in order not to get hurt. Keep your dog always closed and do not let him swimming away because, as a matter of pressure forces, the dog will tend to swim against the current and recover him may be very difficult.

Always pay attention to other bathers: our dog could confuse a snorkel for a stick, try to take the armbands from children and play with their games. Remember that not everyone loves dogs and their presence could be uncomfortable for someone. If your dog presence is not explicitly accepted, it may be preferable to keep him with you and far from other people.

Always bring with you some bags to clean after your dog and wet/cover the sand after he urinates: a caring and attentive owner will make the dog more acceptable for those who are not comfortable with his presence. In case there are other dogs on the beach, pay attention to the interactions between them and do not let your dog playing alone with other people, you may experience unpleasant incidents that could ruin the atmosphere everyone want to find at the beach. Be equipped to play with your buddy with different type of games: your four-legged friend will definitely be glad!



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