Bringing your puppy to the beach may seem like a lot of fun. But it is also important to consider the dangers they may face, especially if they are not completely vaccinated or trained. But when is it safe for you to bring your puppy to the beach?
Few things to consider when taking a puppy to the beach for the first time. Most importantly, remember that a puppy’s needs differ from those of an older dog. To ensure the safety of our adorable puppies, we must also ensure that they have received their first vaccinations at the age of six to eight weeks.
Planning Ahead is Important
There are some important considerations when bringing a puppy to the beach for the first time. Most importantly, remember that a puppy’s needs differ from those of an older dog.
Puppies’ immune systems are not fully developed during the critical age range of 9-14 weeks. They also lack all of their shots. When taking a puppy to the beach at this age, take extra precautions to avoid situations that could expose your puppy to contagious diseases or parasites.
We took our puppies to the beach following their initial round of vaccinations because we spent a lot of time there. But we were extra cautious.
Puppies do not have complete immunity to deadly viruses until they receive their final vaccinations. As a result, we were extra prepared with the necessary supplies and a thorough understanding of the dos and don’ts of taking a puppy out in public.
Why is Having an Updated Vaccination Card Important?
Puppies should be vaccinated for the first time at six to eight weeks, with subsequent vaccinations every two to four weeks until they are fully protected at sixteen to twenty weeks.
DHP (or DAP) stands for Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, and Rabies. Other vaccines include leptospirosis, parainfluenza, canine influenza, and Lyme disease.
So, if you’re going to the beach with a puppy, keep in mind that you’ll need to be extra cautious of other dogs you don’t know. You’ll also want to prevent your puppy from running around in the sand near unvaccinated or sick dogs. Also, avoid exposing your puppy to animal waste or interacting with unknown dogs.
It’s also a good idea to walk your puppy across the beach before setting up your area.
You’ll enjoy beach adventures as your puppy ages, jumping into the water, running around in the sand, and playing fetch along the shoreline. Until then, as long as you’re cautious, you can enjoy the beach with a young puppy.
What Do You Need to Bring When Going to the Beach with your Puppy?
Pack a beach bag for your puppy before going to the beach. I always keep these items in my beach bag, so I’m ready for a beach day at a moment’s notice. We like to put all our supplies in this beach wagon with large rubber sand wheels so we can easily transport everything from the car. It makes things easier to manage, especially when you have a puppy. Our beach supplies become quite heavy if we have a long walk to the beach.
Tote bag for dog food, water, and supplies
Extra large, absorbent dog towels, as well as additional beach towels
There is plenty of clean drinking water.
This set of collapsible travel bowls includes a water container.
ID tag on dog collar Kai has a silicone tag with a beach theme design.
A long-lasting leash that can withstand puppy chewing.
Use a dog leash tie-out to keep your puppy confined to your designated area.
I like this beach umbrella system because it includes everything you need to anchor your umbrella and keep it from blowing away.
The beach tent is simple to erect and suitable for two people.
Sunscreen for dogs is vital for short-haired dogs and the sensitive skin on your puppy’s nose.
A fine mist water spray bottle on hot days will keep your puppy cool without soaking.
Long-lasting chews such as Smart Bones, elk antlers, and bully sticks keep your pup entertained.
Powder sand remover is talc-free and easy to brush off the sand. Rub your puppy’s fur vigorously, then brush it with your favorite dog brush. You can read about my favorite brushes here.
Bring puppy shampoo and a bath brush if you use the outdoor showers.
These Dog cleaning wipes – Extra large, heavy-duty pet wipes are great for messes and accidents.
Tar remover – This is a must-have for you and your dog if you visit beaches with tar!
Dog waste bags – I like this bulk supply of extra strong, lavender-scented bags for picking up waste on the beach. They are leakproof and simple to open.
This pet first-aid kit is a kit for you and your dog.
How to Pick the Ideal Beach to Visit?
Many dog-friendly beaches, like dog parks, are crowded. Many dogs may be running off-leash and interacting with one another at your local dog beach. You may come across irresponsible dog owners, aggressive dogs, or dogs that have not been vaccinated. This can be dangerous for young puppies who haven’t had all of their vaccinations.
As a result, you should avoid busy dog beaches if you have a young puppy who has not completed the vaccination schedule. You don’t want to unintentionally expose a 9-week-old puppy to serious diseases like canine distemper or fatal parvovirus.
Instead, go to a quieter beach where dogs must be kept on a leash. During the summer, plan your visit for the early morning hours when the beach is less crowded.
Keeping a partially vaccinated puppy away from the beach sand is one of the most important precautions. The best way to do this is to keep your puppy in a tent or on several beach towels attached to a leash. Putting your puppy in a pet carrier when walking along the beach is a good idea.
Remember that not all regions have dog-friendly beach areas, so adhere to the local regulations. Keep in mind that not all beaches welcome dogs. Some beaches welcome dogs completely. Others may restrict dogs to certain hours or areas.
So, before you go, look up the local dog regulations at various beaches near you online.
Safety Tips for Beach Trips
When you first arrive at the beach, you may want to go straight to the water. There are a few things to consider before doing this with a puppy. Some dogs are natural swimmers, while others are not. As a result, it’s a good idea to introduce a puppy to ocean water gradually.
Take your time when bringing your puppy to water. Forcing an anxious puppy into the water can be distressing. You could go in the water first and call your puppy to you. A dog life vest is a good idea for the ocean until you know your dog is a strong swimmer.
Keep an eye out for potential seawater hazards such as jellyfish and stingrays while in the water. Be cautious of unexpected waves and rip tides if your puppy is walking in shallow water. The waves may appear small, especially at low tide, but they can easily overpower a small puppy.
Also, don’t let your puppy drink salt water. If your dog consumes excessive seawater, it may cause stomach upset or shoreline harmful bacteria.
To keep unvaccinated puppies safe, it’s best to keep them out of the water until they’ve had all of their shots.