Some beaches allow pets on the beach during certain seasons (fall, winter) and some all year long. If pets are allowed on your local beach, please follow the beach rules and clean up afterwards.
Most pet friendly beaches have trash receptacles located at the beach entry/exit points. Bring fresh/bottled water to keep your pet hydrated and safe. Many dogs love to drink the ocean salt water, but it’s not good for them. Do your best to limit drinking salt water.
Beaches with large ocean waves, boats, surf boards, or jet skis can scare your dog. Try to find calmer water areas.
Dogs can get sunburn, especially if they have light skin and fur or short hair. Focus on the ears and nose. You can even purchase sunscreen made for pets.
Be aware that all sorts of items can be partially or fully hidden in the sand. Broken glass, rocks, hooks, coral, and garbage can pose a danger to your dog. If your dog gets injured, contact your veterinarian for proper wound care.
Check out the links below to some area beaches that allow your dogs:
487 E Poplar Ave
Wildwood, NJ, US 08260
Cape May Point Area
799 Sunset Blvd.
Cape May, NJ, 08212
E Ave and Bridge Ave
Bay Head, NJ, US 08742
Be sure you rinse off your dog’s coat to rid them of any sand, salt, and beach germs before you head home.
Jeri Wagner is a canine behavioral therapist and master trainer. Jeri uses a natural training system leveraging the same communication methods – body language and voice control – that dogs follow as part of their instinctive pack mentality. Training takes place in the home where the problems generally occur. Jeri trains in western Montgomery County, northern Chester County and eastern Berks County. For more information, call 1-877-500 BARK (2275) or visit www.barkbusters.com.
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