Dogs On The Beach

Oliver here, your Canine Community Travel Reporter. It's Labor Day and,  for most of us, that means our family has already had their summer vacation. I hope you went along, because there are many dog-friendly places to go year round. If you have always wanted to try a dog-friendly beach, start planning now.

 When planning the trip,  it's important to remember dogs feel the heat and experience the same inconveniences as the rest of the family.  There is sunscreen made just for us, portable water bowls, after-beach shampoo, hats, and sunglasses.  Be sure there are shady areas.  Bring lots of poop bags.  Most important, don't forget leashes of various lengths and up to date tags for our collars.  Of course, nothing beats micro chipping in case we get lost.

Be sure to become familiar with the rules and regulations of each beach that you visit.  Some let us run free at certain times, but mostly there are time restrictions and leash requirements.  I like the beaches that allow long, long leashes for running or no leash at all for those of us that are well-behaved.  Most beaches let you take the leash off for actual water time.

Here is a list of some favorites compiled by dog lovers:

  • Huntington Dog   Beach, California
  • Outer Banks of North   Carolina - Nags Head
  • MontroseDogBeach, Chicago
  • Block Island, Rhode Island
  • DogBeach, Fort  Myers Beach, Florida
  • EdistoIsland TownBeach and State Park, South Carolina
  • Fort De Soto Park Paw Playground, Tierra Verde, Florida
  • Jekyll Island, Georgia
  • DogBeach, Ocean Beach, California
  • Pacific City, Oregon
Harley on the Beach

Harley on the Beach

 Ask your family to take a look at Coastal Pet Guide at .  Another great guide is .  For pet friendly accommodations, try

Over the years some beaches have banned dogs because rules were not followed.  These are the basic rules to follow:

  • Always clean up after us by using a poop bag and/or pooper scooper
  • Always keep us leashed when there is a leash law
  • If using an officially off-leash area, we need to be well-behaved and obey all verbal commands
  • Do not let us approach other dogs or people unless we are welcomed
  • In off- leash areas, please watch us at all times for the sake of our safety and the well being of other visitor

There are over 200 dog-friendly coastal beaches !

The photo here is Harley, a friendly English Bulldog we met at Anne's Beach in Islamorada in the Florida Keys.  This is his very first time walking into the ocean.  He was having a great time !

Did you know there are dogs that surf?  Take a look at the Face book Page for Surf Dog Ricochet.  She is a Golden Retriever who surfs in tournaments for charities.  She helps disabled people to surf to0.

Have a great time wherever you go with your family.  Make beautiful memories and bring the camera !