Many beaches don't allow dogs during the summer months, but if you do find a dog-friendly beach there are some important guidelines to follow.
Tripswithpets.com, recently compiled a list of doggie dos and don'ts for the beach. According to the site, two of the most important things to keep in mind when planning a beach day with your dog are:
Swim safety: Don't force your dog into the water if he or she is being timid, and make sure and bring a swim vest if your pet is not an expert swimmer. "If this is the first time your dog will be swimming, you may want to read up on his breed."
Temperature: In the summer months, it's especially important to keep an eye on your dog's well-being at the beach. "Summer at the beach can bring about two extremes: heat from the sun and a cold, cold ocean. Pay attention to how your dog is acting and responding while he's with you throughout the day, since there could be the potential of either heat stroke or hypothermia."
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