These beach safety tips can keep your dog safe from harm when playing on a dog friendly beach. Weimaraners are strong, energetic dogs, but accidents do happen, and it is better to be safe, than sorry. Make sure your Weimaraner is safe!
Use a little common sense and take some precautions when taking your Weimaraner dog to the many dog friendly beaches. Then, you will both have a pleasant (and safe) day at the seashore!
Beach Safety Tips
- Dog beaches usually require that vaccinations be current.
- Before your dog jumps into the water, check the water for stingrays or jellyfish.
- Avoid heatstroke. Take your dog to the beach in the morning or evening when the sun isn’t so hot. Bring a beach umbrella so your dog has a shady spot to rest in. Dog beaches can get pretty hot!
- Apply sunscreen to dogs with short hair or light skin. Dogs can get sunburned too! Because some sunscreens can be harmful if ingested, get one that is specially designed for dogs. Apply SPF 15 or higher to the tips of the ears, bridge of the nose, inside of their legs, and underbelly.
- Never force your dog into the water. Some dogs naturally dive right in. But if your pup isn’t comfortable in the water you need to take it slowly. Make sure your dog wears his doggie life vest.
- After a romp at the beach, rinse your dog off. Sand and saltwater can dry out your dogs paws and can irritate the skin. Always rinse your pup off with fresh water.
- Keep your dog from eating any junk that has washed ashore. Curiosity doesn’t only apply to cats. Countless things wash up on the shore which could be harmful to your dog.
What to Take to the Beach
There are a few things that you should take with you. Most of them will fit into a beach bag with your beach items.
Provide your pup with plenty of fresh drinking water. A collapsible travel bowl comes in quite handy at the beach. If your dog gulps any saltwater be sure to give him plenty of fresh water to compensate.
Many people don’t know that salt water can be fatal. People who are stranded at sea in a lifeboat, risk death if they drink sea water!
Most dogs don’t like the salty taste. But, if your Weimaraner drinks some, give him lots of fresh water immediately.
The last thing you want to happen is to lose your dog. In the excitement of the moment, she could run off, chasing another dog. Make sure that someone can reach you, if your dog gets lost.
Your dog must wear a collar with Slide-On Pet ID Tag. The tag should have your cell phone # and you should carry your cell phone with you.
This is also important. Before you take your dog to the beach, make sure that he obeys the “come” command. Your time at the beach will be much more fun if your dog listens to you!
When considering dog safety tips for beaches, consider getting your dog one of the great dog swimming safety vests on the market. Especially if YOU are not a strong swimmer.
Occasionally a dog or person gets caught up in a strong undertow and taken out to sea. Even though Weimaraners are strong dogs, it’s best to be prepared…
What does your dog like to play with? Consider taking his balls, a Kong flying disk or any of your dog’s favorite toys. He’ll enjoy romping in the water to retrieve his toys.
So, think ahead before you to a dog friendly beach with your Weimaraner. Keep these beach safety tips for beaches in mind, and you both will have a good safe time!