Activities For Dogs Who Like The Sea

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Introduction

Dogs and the sea may seem like an odd combo but in reality, they go together like children and candy. In fact, there are several dog breeds that are known for their love of water. These include the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Otterhound, Newfoundland, Labrador Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel and Golden Retriever, to name a few. However, regardless of your dog’s breed, you can still take time to go to the beach and enjoy a variety of water activities with them.

Dog Surfing

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Surfboard
Flotation vest
GPS tracker (optional)
Activity description

Surfing is one of the most popular aquatic sports in the whole United States. This is why it is no surprise that it has caught on with many dog owners. Dog surfing has been making waves (pun intended!) in the recent years and has become a full-blown sport in many coastal cities in the country. For surfing dog owners, this is a great way to spend time with their dog while still engaging in their favorite sport. This activity is more for advanced dog swimmers but, with enough practice, it can be picked up by any dog. 

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Find a surfing spot
The United States is full of great surfing spots. Whether you are a seasoned surfer, an occasional surfer or someone who just wants to try surfing for the first time, there is a spot out there for you. Look for the one that meets most of your needs and make your way to the beach.
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Prepare your surfboard and your dog
To get started with dog surfing, you will obviously have to train your dog to sit and stay on the board. If you are an avid surfer, you most likely have your own surfboard, which you will use for this activity. If you are a first-timer or someone who does surfing only once in a while, you may rent a board from any of the surfboard rental shops. Once you have a board, practice with your dog on the shore. Make sure the dog stays and sits, which will be crucial once you are in the water.
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Catch those waves!
Once you feel that your dog is comfortable on the board, it’s time to put things to the test. Get in the water with your dog. For first timers, go for shallow and calm waves so that you and your dog will not be overwhelmed. When your dog gets comfortable on the board, you may slowly move on to bigger waves. For more experienced surfers, catching waves with their dog should be easy. Simply paddle and catch those swells. You may attach a GPS tracker to your dog in case of a wipeout.
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Water Retrieval

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Flotation vest
Floating toys for fetching
Activity description

Dogs have an innate interest in running after and retrieving items thrown by their owners. This is why there are a lot of Retriever-type breeds. If your dog is a fan of playing fetch, why not take things up a notch and try water retrieval instead? This is basically a game of fetch but instead of throwing the item on land, you will be throwing it on the sea. This is a good way to test your dog’s retrieving and swimming skills.

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Find a beach to go to
As always, do your research on which beach to go. For this activity, the ideal beach is one that has a shallow area by the shore. Obviously, you would not want your dog too deep into the sea. Also, check out the rules of the beach as some places are quite strict when it comes to keeping your dogs off leash.
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Play fetch!
Once you’ve found the perfect playground and have arrived, the next thing to do is to play. Gear your dog up with the flotation vest and make sure it is strapped on nicely. Then, pick a toy, preferably one that floats, and have your dog retrieve it in the water. Make sure that your pal has excellent recall skills so that he comes to you easily despite the distractions of the sand and sea.
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Swimming

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Flotation vest
Food
Water
Leash (optional)
Activity description

For dogs who love water, sometimes a bath or an indoor pool no longer does the trick. There is something exciting and refreshing about going to your local beach and taking a dip with your beloved furry friend. Spending time at the beach and hearing the waves crashing is soothing for both you and your dog and you can easily spend an hour or two at the beach. Going for a swim also gives you a chance to train your dog to swim, which might become a useful skill in the future. Best weather for this activity is sunny with clear skies. Beaches are usually free and open for public use. If your dog is not that good of a swimmer yet, a flotation vest is recommended. 

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Look for a local beach
The first thing to do is to research nearby local beaches and find out the rules that they implement. While most beaches are dog-friendly, there are some that require you to keep your dog on a leash. Read the rules carefully and follow them before you make your way to the beach.
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Make your way to the beach
After you have picked out a beach that meets all your needs and requirements, prepare the things that you need to bring and head down to the beach. Make sure to bring enough food and water for your dog and yourself. Your dog might need the nourishment after all that swimming.
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Get in the water!
Upon arrival at the beach, find your spot and leave your stuff there. Then, change into your swimwear and put the flotation vest on your dog. Get in the water and start swimming. Dogs are naturally good swimmers but some assistance from you wouldn’t hurt. If your pet seems hesitant or fearful, begin by walking the waves along the shore. Before you know it, your sea loving dog will be frolicking with joy. You may even try to take off the vest to see how your dog will fare without any help. Be sure that they do not venture too deep into the water, though.
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Wave Diving

Wave diving is a more fun and extreme activity as opposed to simply going for a dip. In this activity, your dog will be diving into the incoming waves. A flotation vest is highly recommended, even for advanced dog swimmers because some swells can be very challenging. Also, stay with your dog at all times and keep an eye out. Do not let your dog swim too far and try to stay in the shallow areas.

Walk Along the Shore

After a long day of exhausting water activities, a leisurely stroll along the shore is a great way to relax and unwind. You can let your dog wander off and enjoy the shoreline while you follow right behind. You can also sit by the beach and watch the sunset with your best friend.

Conclusion

Dogs absolutely enjoy the water and these activities by the sea and beach are a great way to re-energize yourself and your pooch. Just remember to always look out for the rules of the beach you are visiting and always watch after your dog to ensure their safety in and out of the water.