After a long and wet winter, Spring is in the air and we can smell summer just around the corner! I've been dreaming of long balmy days at the beach with our friends and the dogs (I'm particularly excited for Amber, our new rescue dog, since I don't think she has had much quality beach time in her short life).
Every year I vouch to be more prepared for beach days with the dogs so this year I thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of beach essentials for dogs and humans. Here goes!
WATER, WATER and more WATER!
Make sure you have plenty of the stuff for you and your pup! Dogs go bananas at the beach, which mean they will most likely need double their normal intake of water. Bring along some spare bottles of water and invest in a dog water bottle to make sure your pup stays hydrated.
Towels and beach blankets are not only great for securing a comfy spot for you and your pup on the sand, they also come in handy for drying off wet dogs and double up as back seat covers for when you have to load a sandy pooch into the backseat of your car.
DOG POOP ETIQUETTE AT THE BEACH
We've all left behind a 'trail' in a bush on some hidden walk-way, but the beach is the one place where you just can't pretend you didn't see your pups' tail lifting...I keep my Poop Bag Pouch near with plenty of plastic bags for when nature calls.
SUN PROTECTION FOR PUPS
Our dogs need sun protection just as much as we do, so make sure that there's plenty of shade time scheduled for your pup and use a pet friendly sunscreen for extra sun protection.
No matter how friendly your dog is, it's always a good idea to take a leash along to the beach just in case of an emergency. We'd like to think all roads lead to the beach, however this means there's always traffic around as well as parking cars so keep your dog close to you when approaching the beach. Our Watamu Cotton Rope Leash is the perfect beach-worthy addition to your sandy adventure!
MICRO ESSENTIALS FOR MAXIMUM BEACH FUN!
- Bring some dog treats for rewarding good beach behavior - we are obsessed with human and hound treats by Halvies Bakery
- Frisbees and tennis balls
- Summer fun, dog bandanas - take a look at our range of beach-ready bandanas for some inspiration
COME TOTE-ALLY PREPARED
Lets face it, you are going to need a bag to hold all of the above. A beach bag has to be many things, comfy, casual and ready for action! Our new cotton canvas Beach Bum Bucket Bag is just that!
After all of that, I think we might just be ready to hit the beach right this instant! What are your summer essentials for a perfect day that beach with your dog - let me know in the comments below!
Happy summer vibes humans and hounds!