Dog Beach Etiquette

Dog beaches can be a great place for you pup to run freely, get some exercise, and socialize. However, when visiting a dog beach, there are certain guidelines that you should follow to ensure that your dog and other dogs remain safe and have a good time.

Dogs should be at least 4 months old
Young puppies should stay away from the beach until they are completely vaccinated so that they can avoid exposure to contagious diseases that other dogs at the beach may be carrying.

Take your dog off the leash
If your dog beach allows pups off leash, let them roam. Though owners may think that it will be easier to control their dog on a leash, leaving your pup on their leash may actually cause more stress or anxiety since other dogs are running free. Additionally, other dogs may get caught up and tangled in your leash.

Don’t forget to supervise your dog
Though you may enjoy talking to other humans at dog beaches, don’t forget to also keep an eye on your pup. If you see your dog engaging in aggressive or bully-like behavior be sure to break it up. On the other hand, if your dog looks uncomfortable or anxious around other dogs, it might be time to leave.

Never bring unneutered dogs
Unneutered males have high testosterone levels that can make him a target of aggression and harassment from other male dogs. Always have your dogs fixed before bringing them to a dog beach.

Toys and treats
If possible, leave the toys and treats at home. If you plan on bringing them, don’t get upset when other dogs want to join in. If your dog has issues with resource-guarding (if they hoard or don’t like to share), then you should leave the toys and treats at home to avoid any confrontational problems.

Clean up after your dog
An obvious but important statement: no one wants to hang around a dirty dog beach or pick up after someone else! Keeping the beaches clean and enjoyable for everyone is a common courtesy.

After all the fun and exercise at the beach, take your pup and unwind at one of these dog-friendly restaurants in the area.