Quality time with dogs

Three safety tips for a coastal holiday with your

Our pets are part of our families, and as such, it’s natural that we’d want to take them on holiday with us. Seeing your dog splashing in the water, exploring new places and curling up with you after a day of adventures only adds to the fun of a trip away. You can make new memories together that last far past when you return home.

When taking your beloved dog to a new environment, it’s important to take a moment to consider their safety and comfort. Dogs rely on their owners and it’s your responsibility to think ahead to make sure that everyone has a good time.
Here, we share some top safety tips regarding your canine companion.

Provide fresh water and sunscreen

If you’re heading to the beach, you might think to pack enough water for yourself, but you also need to bring enough for your pup. Saltwater is not good for dogs to drink, as it can lead to dehydration, sickness and diarrhoea.

It can be understandably hard to avoid a dog drinking water when they're playing in the sea, but it’s vital you avoid using this as their main source of fluid. Instead, it's best to bring a bottle of fresh water from home – insulated bottles are often best as they keep water cool forlonger.

Many dog owners don’t realise this, but dogs also need sunscreen, just like humans. This is particularly true for breeds that are hairless or for dogs with white or light-pigmented noses and ears. It's important to use sunscreen that is formulated for dogs, as your pup is likely to ingest some of the formula when they lick their fur, meaning that human sunscreen isn’t appropriate. You should apply sunscreen around 20 minutes before your dog goes in the sun, and you'll also need to reapply it if they have been in the water.

Use a lead where necessary

It's lovely to allow your dog to run next to you or explore the beach by themselves. However,it is important to recognise that you may need to keep your dog on a lead in certain areas.

Particularly if you're doing any coastal walks, it's prudent to keep yourself and your pet away from the cliff edge, for everyone's safety. Additionally, what looks like a nice opportunity for a paddle may hide a strong current, so be cautious around water.If you do choose to have them off the lead, make sure to be aware of other dogs, people and the environment around you.

Whilst you might think your dog is friendly and cute, not everyone will agree, and keeping them close ensures that everybody has a good time.

A beach can be an exciting place for a dog – there is lots to smell, see and do. As a result,
it's easy for them to forget that they need to listen out for and obey your commands. Putting
in some practice before your trip to reinforce basic obedience commands such as “wait”,
“leave it” and general recall will help ensure your pet’s safety and happiness. This way, you
can quickly stop them from eating anything they shouldn't or get them away from a
dangerous situation.

Relax and enjoy
There are so many reasons to take your pup on holiday, and with a bit of pre-planning and
awareness, it’s very possible to do so. Now all that’s left to do is find the perfect holiday
home for you all to snuggle up in.

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