Beach etiquette and safety for dogs
by Sandra Murphy
Making sure your dog minds his manners when he’s at the beach helps keep things fun and safe for everyone.
A growing number of beaches allow dogs – great news for those of us who love the sand and surf, and want to share them with our canine companions. But it’s important to keep in mind that even the most dog-friendly beach has rules and regulations for keeping the space safe, fun and healthy for everyone, human and canine alike. It’s important to follow these regulations, and also to make sure your dog is on his best behavior when he’s cavorting on the sand or playing in the waves.
Behavior basics for the beach
Rules can differ from beach to beach, so check them out carefully before taking your dog. For example, some beaches only allow dogs at certain times — before or after sunbathers make use of it, or during off-season periods only. Other beaches may have specific areas for dogs, and don’t allow them elsewhere. There may also be rules about leash length (6’ to 10’feet in general), keeping the dog under control (this includes barking), showing a current rabies tag, and the maximum distance the dog can be from the handler.
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