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Posts Tagged ‘dog beach etiquette’

Simple Seaside Safety Suggestions for Spot

Posted by Jody on April 29, 2013

Quintana Beach County Park

Quintana Beach County Park

My family and I recently enjoyed another lovely day trip to Quintana Beach County Park, one of our absolute favorite Texas coastal recreation areas. This 51-acre natural beachfront playground  is the ultimate dog-friendly family choice in the Lone Star State. Located in Freeport, Texas, on the Gulf of Mexico, it’s a wonderfully scenic and a relatively quick (1 ½ hour) drive south of Houston. Quintana Beach County Park is a much more laid back alternative to the city and beaches of Galveston, which have all of the hustle and bustle you would expect from a typical seaside tourist mecca.

Quintana Beach County Park on the Upper Gulf Coast of Texas

Quintana Beach County Park on the Upper Gulf Coast of Texas

You can feel free to bring Spot along for your day at the beach. At Quintana Beach County Park our tail-wagging companions are welcome.

“Pet Safety on the Beach” as posted at Quintana Beach County Park:

  • If the sand is too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.
  • Keep fresh water available for your dog, drinking salt water will make him sick.
  • Use pet-friendly sunscreen on short hair, ears and nose.
  • Provide shade for your dog to rest.

~All very good safety tips~ Please remember that pets need to be restrained (at this beach) at all times and, of course, picking up after Spot is a must!

Quintana Beach County Park, Texas

Quintana Beach County Park, Texas

A while back we published a post on the many reasons to visit this lovely beach park: Quintana Beach County Park on the Texas Gulf Coast – So Many Reasons to Visit. The list includes camp sites (tents, RVs, and vacation cabins), picnic tables, modern restrooms and showers, kayaking, surfing, beachcombing, fishing… and the list goes on.  Being dog-friendly simply adds one more great reason for families to plan the perfect fun-filled trip to Quintana Beach County Park!

Do you have a favorite dog-friendly beach? Please share it with us. We’d love to know!

Here are a few more helpful links:

Quintana Beach County Park

Cesar’s Tips for Your Dog’s Day at the Beach

Doggie Heaven! Muir Beach, California

Have a great day at the beach!

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Cesar’s Tips for Your Dog’s Day at the Beach

Posted by alainaflute on January 17, 2012

I wrote a post previously on the best dog beaches in the US, and today I give you (drumroll, please) Cesar’s dog beach tips!

Although a day at the beach with your BFF should be full of fun in the sun, you should be well prepared before you let your dog loose on the sand, the surf, and the other beach-goers.

Cesar Millan (aka The Dog Whisperer) shares his tips for taking your dog to the beach on his official website, CesarsWay.com.

* His first tip is to know the beach laws before you go! Are dogs allowed? Do they have to be on a leash at all times?

A Perfect Day at the Beach (©Jody Diehl)

* Hopefully you’ve packed sunblock for yourself, but have you considered that dogs need protection from the sun, as well? Talk to your vet about your dog’s skin care needs.

* If you know Cesar, then you know that he couldn’t have a list without mentioning pack leadership. If you want to have a fun and safe day at the beach, you should be very confident in your pack leadership. Otherwise, you may risk losing your dog to the lures of the beach.

* Beware of sand fleas! These are a bit of a nuisance to your beach-going canine. Ask your vet for advice on how to keep these pests at bay on the bay.

* The next tip is a fun one! “Let your dog dig! This is the perfect spot to let your dog try to make that tunnel to China he’s been dreaming of.” As compared to, let’s say, your newly planted flower garden.

* The next thing you should do is check the beach conditions. Many human beach threats may also put your doggy in danger (jellyfish, rip tides, sharks, and the like). Check in with a lifeguard to see if it’s a safe day to let your dog run free.

* Don’t forget fresh drinking water for your dog! Although your four-legged friend might be tempted, don’t let her drink sea water because it can make her sick.

* Keep an eye on your doggy. Your buddy might be enjoying himself to the point that he doesn’t realize he is tired or thirsty. If your dog doesn’t seem right, call him back to rest a while in the shade.

* Fido might be King of the Castle in your home, but the beach belongs to everyone. Keep your dog in check because, “whether canine or human, other visitors to the beach may not appreciate your dog’s company.”

* Keep careful watch of what your dog tries to pick up off the beach. There are many things like dead fish and litter that he shouldn’t have in his mouth.

* This one is my personal favorite: Pick up after your dog! This keeps the waves and sand safe and clean for everyone.

* After the fun has ended, all that’s left is to clean up Rover! If you can, rinse him off with fresh water before leaving the beach, and after you get home, wash him right away.

At the beach, it’s a dog’s life!

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Top Ten Dog Beaches in the US

Posted by Jody on September 6, 2011

Today’s Featured Writer: Alaina Diehl

We love beaches, we love dogs! Although the family Chihuahuas are probably too small to enjoy the pleasures that an ocean beach has to offer (think shark hors d’oeuvres), we know many people out there want to spend their beach vacation with their lovable 4-legged friends.

Below we have a list of the Top 10 Dog Friendly Beaches in the United States from PetVR.com.
Maybe you will plan to hit one of these beaches on your next vacation with Rover.

Dog prints in the sand by Leah Strickland

Dog Prints in Sand by Leah Strickland

10. Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon
9. Ft. Fisher State Recreation Area, North Carolina
8. St. George Island, Florida
7. Fort Funston State Park, California
6. Hunting Island, South Carolina
5. Carmel City Beach, California
4. Cape San Blas, Florida
3. Dog Beach, California
2. Fort DeSoto Beach, Florida
1. Del Mar Beach San Diego, California

Honorable Mention:  Beaches of Sanibel and Captiva Islands

Read more at PetVR to find out why these beaches are the friendliest places to bring your pooch(es).

Dog on the Beach by Vera Kratochvil

Dogs aren’t allowed on all beaches, so know before you go! Many state beaches will have rules available on their websites, or you can find out at http://www.dogfriendly.com if the beach you want to visit is one of the 200 + dog friendly coastal beaches!

Beach Dreamer (©Jody Diehl)

Here are two simple tips on how to “share the beach” with non-dog owners, so we can help keep beaches pet friendly:

– Always follow leash laws!

Although some beaches have off leash areas, please respect other beach visitors by keeping your dog on a leash where required. When you are in off leash areas, make sure your dog is well-behaved and responds to voice commands. Be sure to pay attention to your dog.

– Always remember to clean up after your dog by removing pet waste. This keeps the beach a clean place for everyone.

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*Alaina, Thanks for the great post!  Let’s head to those Top Ten Dog Friendly Beaches soon!!

Love, Chica and Paco*

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