A water-logged dog may in fact be a happy dog, but a prepared owner makes for an even better time. Here’s the Ruff Wear Unofficial Guide to River and Ocean Beach Survival, courtesy of the water-addicted canine pack at Ruff Wear (office dog tested and approved!).
Things to bring on your beach trip:
1. A towel. Oh, and you will probably want to bring one for your dog, too. Even if you’re not planning on going swimming, you’ll end up looking like you are. It is a canine law of physics that where there’s a wet dog, everything else around said dog is wet.
2. Flophouse™ Foam Pad. A trip to the beach usually goes something like this: Dog runs in the sand. Dog digs in the sand. Dog gets wet. Dog rolls in the sand. Dog jumps in the car. Dog shakes off the sand. Sand ends up in car. The Flophouse Foam Pad was designed to contain dirt, sand, water, and debris until you’re ready to hose it off later.
3. A leash. We love to let our wild canines enjoy the pure splendor of off-leash frolicking on the beach. But even on the few beaches that do allow dogs to be off-leash, it’s a good idea to pack one along in case your dog gets distracted by the other people, dogs, sticks, or whatever comes their way. A leash like the Roamer™ or Flat Out™, includes a handle conversion that allows for easy tie up to a post or tree.
4. A float coat. Whether your dog is new to the doggy paddle, or a seasoned water dog, a float coat can help them swim farther and longer, especially in current-heavy waters or waves.
5. Scooby snacks. When your dog is exerting more energy swimming, running, and playing, their appetite and need for fresh water can increase. Cinch away snacks in the Quencher Cinch Top bowl, or pack it away for use as a water bowl.
So, we’ve listed five things we can’t live without on a beach trip, but we want to know, what’s in your dog’s beach bag?