Bringing Your Pup To The Beach

Since it has been so hot lately here in Los Angeles, now is the perfect time for a beach play date with your doggies. It’s a great way to bond with your best friends while enjoying yourselves and keeping cool in the hot sun. If your dog is well socialized you can introduce your dogs to other dogs and their owners, and have a doggie beach party. Your dog will love playing with other dogs while getting a good dose of exercise at the beach. These are some tips for taking your dog to the beach during the summertime. The first is finding what beach will allow your pooch. There are a few dog friendly beaches near the Los Angeles Area there are some listed at the bottom of this post.


Remember to know and follow the law for nobel play. Keep your dogs on a leash if your beach requires leashes. The dogs can still play and run in the water safely. Have poop bags on you just incase your pup takes the number 2. Make sure the water is calm that day with no riptides or strong wind.  Beware of broken glass, sharp rocks, and shells. Look out before you let your pooch of the leash to ensure they won’t step or grab something dangerous.

 Swimming (Doggie paddling)

Some dogs can swim, some can’t, and some just don’t want to. Stout breeds such as pugs and bull dogs can’t swim but they’ll still love trolling along the water. If you’re scared your dog can’t swim or will run off deep into the ocean then you can put them in a dog lifejacket. You can bring floating toys in case your dog loves to swim to play fetch with, or just play fetch on the beach.

 Shade and Water

Spending a lot of time in the sun and in the water can lead to heat stroke in dogs, as in humans as well. You’ll want to bring an umbrella or sit under some shade to protect your dog from getting too much sun exposure. Also bring fresh water for your pup to drink, because all that play at the beach is sure to make him thirsty.

 Huntington Beach Dog Beach

On Pacific Coast Highway between 21st St. and Seapoint St.; 100 Goldenwest St., 92648. Open 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Dogs may be off-leash in the water and on the wet sand for three quarters of a mile long.

 Malibu-Leo Carrilo State Beach

This state beach allows leashed dogs. The only restriction is that they are not allowed between towers two and three (the busiest part of the beach). Go North on PCH towards Oxnard until you get to El Matador and Leo Carillo State Beaches. 818/706-1310 

 San Diego Dog Beach- Ocean Beach

Located in northern Ocean Beach, Dog Beach is the original dog beach and one of the most popular places to take your dog. This beach area is located at the west end of the San Diego River Floodway, also known as the Ocean Beach Flood Control Channel. With a wide swath of sand and the Pacific surf to roll in, Dog Beach is a special place to bring your mutt, or just to come and watch dogs be dogs in the surf and sand. Open 24 hours.

There are more dog friendly beaches and parks here California Dog Beaches. You can read about the surfing dog Ricochet here From Service Dog to Surfice Dog

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