Jacque Lynn Schultz, CPDT, Director ASPCA Special Projects
After Labor Day, more public beaches are open to dogs. Enjoy the sun, sand and water; and follow the ASPCA’s tips to keep your canine companion safe:
- Provide water and shade on hot, sunny days.
- Not every dog knows how to swim. Wade into the shallow water with your pooch on a long leash and see if he begins to paddle on his own. Monitor him carefully and call it a day when he begins to tire.
- If the beach allows dogs off-leash, only do so if a) the area is safe from traffic; b) your dog is friendly to all other people, dogs and wildlife; and c) your dog comes when called without hesitation. Otherwise, keep the dog leashed.
- Make sure your dog has identification. A microchip and tags is preferable.
- Ensure that your dog’s flea and tick prevention is up-to-date, especially if you will be on the beach after dark.
- Rinse sand and salt out of your dog’s coat and then take him for a walk on the boardwalk to aid drying before getting back in the car and heading for home.
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