put together a list of dos and don'ts for bringing your dog to the beach. Check out some of their rules...
DO make sure your dog's vaccinations are current and that he's wearing the proper ID. Keep your vet's number on hand just in case something happens.
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DO check the ocean for jellyfish and stingrays. A sting to your dog will be sure to ruin both his and your experience.
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DO set a time limit for your beach trip. A couple hours might be just
the right amount of time at the beach, depending on your dog's activity
level. At the first sign of your dog tiring, pack it up and get back on
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DO bring toys and balls to throw and find sticks to fetch.
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DON'T let your dogs go into areas on the beach where they're not allowed. Dunes and grassy areas need to be protected from any sort of environmental damage that a dog might cause.
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DON'T let your dog out of your site. Not even once. Paying attention and
being proactive will go a long way in protecting you and your dog. The
last thing you want is to be sued for a dog fight or by someone that had
a run-in with your dog.
Photo: Silvia Izquierdo, STF
DON'T forget to bring the leash, beach towels, umbrella, fresh water, and doggie sunscreen (yes, you can actually get sunscreen specifically made for dogs) - or maybe a hat.
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DON'T leave a mess behind. Don't count on the beach supplying waste bags, so bring your own and be diligent about cleaning up. No one wants to find a surprise just laying on the beach or buried in the sand.
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