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Should I Take My Dog to the Beach?

Virginia Rolen

Posted on July 18 2023


A Bernese mountain dog sits on the beach with a beach-themed color with fish on it


Gone Fishin' Collar | Duke & Fox 

As summer continues to beckon everyone to the sandy shores, we face the dilemma of bringing our pups to the beach or leaving them at home. 

This blog post explores the pros and cons of each option, helping you make an informed decision that suits both you and your beloved canine companion.

Considerations for Taking Your Dog to the Beach

I took my dog to the beach when she was a puppy, and I delighted in watching her discover the waves, dig in the sand, and get zoomies on the shore line. I love the precious pictures I have of her frolicking on the beach, and it made my trip so much more enjoyable. 

However, I had to stop her from eating sand multiple times, panicked when she swam too far, and hated leaving her in the kennel when we went out to eat.

It's important to consider the following while planning your summer vacation, so you can ensure that everyone in the family is happy, healthy, and ready for a good time. 

1.) Consider the Nature of Your Trip   

When planning your trip, it's important to make sure that the beach you're going to is pet-friendly. Some beaches do not allow dogs, and if they do, it's only at a certain time. 

It's also important to do your research and pick an airbnb or hotel that allows pets and will be prepared for their stay. You may need to leave your dog at some point, and you want to make sure it will accommodate your pup and its needs.

Lastly, consider how long your trip is going to last and the activities you're planning on doing. If you're doing a lot of sightseeing, maybe research beach towns that have pet-friendly restaurants, shops, and activities. 

2.) Consider the Health of Your Dog

If your dog enjoys running, swimming, and playing fetch, the beach will be a stimulating exercise for their bodies, minds, and of course, noses! Saltwater and sunshine can have therapeutic effects on your dog, as well. 

However, the beach poses the same risks for your dog as it does to you and other members of your family. Strong currents, the heat, hot sand, sharp shells, and other potential hazards like jellyfish can hurt your dog if you're not keeping a close eye on them. 

Dogs can easily overheat, so it's crucial to provide shade, fresh water, and regular breaks to prevent heatstroke. 

Consider checking in with your vet before making travel plans. Make sure your dog is up to date on vaccinations, and discuss with your vet any potential risks to avoid, If your dog suffers from travel anxiety, they may be able to prescribe anti anxiety or anti nausea medication. 

3. Consider Your Dog's Personality

Does your dog love to frolic in the water and play fetch? Does she behave when she's off leash? If so, your dog may thrive at the beach!

If your dog is new to the family, a beach trip may offer great opportunities for training, enhancing social skills, and developing confidence in a different environment. 

However, it can be overwhelming for some dogs, making it difficult for them to listen and focus. This is why it's crucial to take your dog's personality into consideration when you're planning a vacation with them. 

Lastly, it's extremely important to make sure your dog has identification, in the event that he gets lost. You can purchase dog collar tags here

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Considerations for Leaving Your Dog at Home

Dogs thrive on routine, and leaving them at home maintains their sense of security and comfort. Plus, it may ease your mind knowing that they are in a safe environment and not exposed to potential beach hazards. 

Traveling can also be stressful for many dogs, causing anxiety, nausea, loss of appetite, and general uneasiness. It can also be stressful for you as well, and potentially hinder you from experiencing certain activities or destinations. 

Leaving your dogs at home, however, can be an emotionally devastating experience for them, especially if they aren't used to it.

My dog is attached at the hip: when I'm not home, she is inconsolable, refuses to eat, and curls up in my bed until I get back. Unfortunately, she also hates being in the car and develops extreme anxiety. 

Thankfully, she loves her grandparents and thrives when she stays with them - when they're available. Engaging a trusted family member or friend is the best way to gain peace of mind while you travel, but sometimes, they're traveling too!

Finding a capable and attentive pet sitter or boarding facility can be stressful and expensive, and leaving your dog in expert care doesn't guarantee that they will eat, sleep, play, and maintain their sense of well-being. 

Before choosing a pet sitter or boarding facility, do your researchPlan a meet and greet with the pet-sitter, tour boarding facilities, read reviews, and ask family and friends for recommendations. 

Identification is just as important when your pets are at home, with a pet sitter, or at a boarding facility. Your dog can sport a sunny look with one of our summery collars - and you can rest easy knowing they can be identified. 


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Whether you decide to take your dog to the beach or leave them at home during your summer vacation, it's important to prioritize your dog's safety, well-being, and individual needs when making the decision. 

With careful planning and responsible ownership, you can ensure a fantastic vacation for both you and your furry friend.


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