I love taking my dogs down to the local beach in the summertime, it is such a great activity and they have a ball. It is a fun form of exercise, positive for mental health and provides quality time between you and your pet. Below I have given some tips to consider when planning a day by the water.
- Check the beach is dog friendly. You can look up ‘off leash’ and ‘no go’ areas on the Ballina Shire council website.
- Keep an eye out for other dogs on the beach. Some dogs may become overwhelmed being approached by your pet so check with their owners first.
- Ensure there is plenty of access to shade and fresh drinking water. Do not allow them to drink from stagnant water sources or salt water. If they ingest a small amount of salt water while swimming however, this should be harmless.
- Allow plenty of breaks from play to avoid heat stroke. Consider taking some frozen food treats like stuffed Kongs to help them cool down.
- Beware of hot sand. If it is too hot for you to walk on, it is too hot for your dog to walk on. You may need to carry them to the wet sand or you can pick a set of rubber bottom booties for their feet. It is best to avoid going during the hottest part of the day.
- Sun protection is also important for your pooch, especially those that have areas of white or non-pigmented skin. There are doggy-safe sunscreens and products like the Bromelli sunsuit that provide UV protection while still allowing comfort with many cool styles.
- Watch out for any dangers such as broken glass and snakes, avoid long grass.
- Do not let them eat anything off the ground. It may be lead them to become unwell or could cause an intestinal obstruction.
- Make sure you take doggy bags to pick up any feces they may leave.
- Rinse your dog with fresh water upon returning home. Sand can be irritating to the skin.
I hope everyone enjoys the beach this summer and has a Happy New year!