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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.