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Thursday, July 5,2012

Optimize Your (and your dog’s) Trip

By Tina Valant-Siebelts  

Before Leaving

• No dogs under four months old

• Absolutely, no females in heat

• Your dog should be calm, not overly anxious, so get a walk in

• Feed at least two hours before, so they don’t get sick at the beach

• Pack water, bowl, toys, towels, bags, extra lead, sunscreen, camera.

• Leave valuables at home

• Make sure dog’s collar is on with ID & current rabies proof (tag or certificate). Buckle or nylon collars preferred. Harnesses, choker/prong collars can injure your dog/others

• Bring your dog on a nylon or leather 4 – 6 foot lead

• NO retractables or flexileads

During, Remember: BARK, PUP

• Be Aware, Responsible & Kind, Pick Up Poo

• Verify collar and tags are secure, unclip the lead, as you hit the sand

• Supervise and be responsible for your dog at all times ~ pick up immediately

• Allow dogs to approach and smell one another, supervise children at all times

• If your dog acts annoying or grouchy, leave and try another day

• Try to limit your dog’s salt water intake

• Make drinking water available

• Do NOT treat or feed your dog (or others) while at the beach. This can cause a dog fight and/or make the dog sick

• Watch for signs of overheating

•  Keep your dog off the dunes (sea oats)

• Absolutely NO digging near turtle nests .

As you exit

• Clip on your dog’s lead to go back to the car

• Rinse the dog with fresh water and towel dry

Back at home

• Bathe, as needed

•  Your dog will probably be tired and need rest

• Offer fresh, room temperature water and later, food.


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