Planning a Perfect Day at the (Dog) Beach

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Even though it’s only May, many cities are already experiencing Hades-like heat (here in Los Angeles, the thermometer started hitting triple digits weeks ago.)

Between alternately crying into our ice cream sundaes and scuttling indoors to air-conditioning, we hit the dog beach!

dogs playing at the beach

Last year I made a map of dog-friendly beaches in the United States and encouraged readers to comment with beaches they frequent in their hometowns. Many of you responded and we were able to double the number of beaches on the map! I encourage you all to do the same this year, so we can make our map bigger, better, and more valuable to our friends no matter where they live.

In case you missed it, you can view the map here.


View Dog Friendly Beaches in the U.S.A. in a larger map

Now that we have launched Adopt & Shop Online, we have a number of accessories that will go perfectly with a dog’s day at the beach.

Take a look and remember that every purchase made in our online shop, as well as our brick and mortar shops, support our programs that help shelter pets. We appreciate you shopping with us!

Here are our top beach picks for 2014:

  • West Paw Design Hurley Dog Bone: For the dog who loves to fetch. The Hurley dog bone is recommended for chewers, it floats, is non-toxic and made in the USA.
  • West Paw Design Bumi Dog Toy: A great toy for the dog who doesn’t love to fetch, but can totally get into it if he’s in the mood. The Bumi toy also floats, is non-toxic and made in the USA but it extends and doubles as a tug toy.

 bumi tug toy with dog

  •  Ruffwear Headwater Collar: This is a great collar for dogs that swim A LOT. Those dogs that cannot pass a puddle without laying down it it. The Headwater collar  is completely waterproof, and coated in 1-inch webbing that keeps the collar from getting moldy.
  •  Quencher Cinch Top Travel Bowl: Collapsible travel bowls are great to have everywhere, but especially handy at the beach where thirsty dogs love to lap seawater. This bowl can also carry food, and it’s waterproof and easy to clean.
  •  The K-9 Float Coat: This is an expertly designed K9 life vest,  perfect for dogs who accompany you on a boat or kayak. A life jacket may also be the little boost your dog needs if he is not a confident swimmer. If you are in the market for a dog life jacket, this is a great one!

A few other safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Make sure your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations, especially Parvovirus.  If you have a young puppy who hasn’t received this vaccine, avoid the beach and the grass until they are vaccinated.
  • If you live in an area with a lot of mosquitoes, make sure your dog has taken his monthly heartworm pill.
  • Make sure they don’t skinny-dip! Keep those collars and I.D. tags on at all times!

Wishing you and your dog a glorious, safe and happy summer!

What items do you always pack for your dog’s day at the beach? Tell us in the comments below.

1 Response

  1. Liz Leffler says:

    There are a couple of great dog parks with beaches here in the Seattle area. One is Magnusen Park in Seattle, which has a huge 9 acre off-leash area that includes a beach on Lake Washington. It’s the largest and most popular dog park in Seattle, with plenty of room for everyone. There is also an off-leash area at Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island, also on Lake Washington. It’s not nearly as large as Magnusen, but it’s really nice and there’s a little more beach for dog use. Both of these parks have faucets to rinse your dog after swimming, which is nice. Another option is Marymoor Park in Redmond, which also has a huge off leash area. It’s next to the Sammamish River, and while the dogs love swimming in it (it moves slowly), if you like swimming with your dog I would recommend one of the other two instead. All of these parks are very well-maintained and have restrooms available, although they are a bit of a walk away from the off leash areas.