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Three Tips for Bringing Your Dog to the Beach

This past week, Josh and I went on a marathon of a vacation. It started out with my family at a condo in Navarre Beach that included a trip to the dog beach, transitioned to a vacation with my company that was also company paid, and ended at my aunt’s condo and a concert in Orange Beach. Like I said, marathon.

While we were in Navarre Beach, which is the most beautiful, serene beach between Pensacola and Fort Walton/Destin, we took Laney to the dog beach. It can be a lot of work bringing your furry child to the beach, so here’s a few tips:

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Pensacola Dog Beach

Not to sound like a rendition of the Lion King (you know the part), but you HAVE to be prepared when bringing your fur baby to the beach. Toys, LOTS of water, a leash, and a towel or two are the bare minimum of necessities. It also doesn’t hurt to bring a few people with you if your dog is anything like Laney (high maintenance and high energy). We brought my sister, Carol and it made the experience even better!


Make sure you keep an eye on your fur-child at the beach! Typically dog beaches require dogs to be leashed at all times, but there were a few owners with well behaved dogs just sitting next to them without leashes. We let Laney have a romp or two in the waves without her leash just for fun. She had more fun that way and we had the fun watching her. It’s a win win. NOTE: Laney isn’t aggressive and we were literally hovering over her a majority of the time.

Tips for a Successful Trip to the Beach with your Fur-baby


Having fun is the most important part! Let’s face it, if you had any other attitude while there, you’d be miserable. Laney had a blast when we took her to the beach. Playing with the tennis ball on white sand and actually swimming (with her lifejacket on) in the ocean were the highlights! I’m one proud mama!

Dog Beach

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    This looks so fun! I’m glad Laney was able to enjoy the beach with y’all! I doubt we could ever bring little Roux to the beach, but I’ll keep these tips in mind Al!

  • Popofstyle

    I’m always so nervous to bring Henna to the beach! She’s really good about supervision, but I’m worried she’ll get overheated. Thanks for the tips!

  • Ashleigh_roseee

    We’ve been talking about taking our dog to the beach, this was a great post with some really helpful tips.

  • Ashley Stephenson

    I so wish I could bring my pup to the beach but unfortunately she is crazyyy and if there were other dogs she would be barking like crazy and try and attack them until she finally got to meet them and then she would be nice. But no other dog owner wants to bring their dog up to her because she looks so mean when she is going crazy. I did take her one time to the beach and she loved it!

  • Jessica Jacobowitz Weinberg

    OMG! I love taking our family dog to the beach. You do have to watch the dog like a hawk though!
    xo Jessica

  • Oh how fun! I wish my dogs enjoyed the water. Great point about watching your fur-baby. I think this goes for anywhere, but not everyone does it. Now if the sand in their fur wasn’t such an issue… 🙂

  • Dannielle Alphonse

    Ha Our dog loves the beach, but not the water. It’s so fun to see her throw sand up in the air with her quick twists and turns!!!

  • These are great tips! My dog Buddy is not a fan of the water. He loves the beach though, and I have to stop him from eating the sand. 🙂

  • Robin

    That picture of her sandy nose is SO cute! I’m dying to bring my pup to the beach but I know he’d be high-maintenance because of how curious, high-energy, and friendly he is. Someday!

  • ahhh that sandy nose picture is so cute! Our pup is definitely not trained enough yet to hit the beach, we took him a few times but it was SO much work watching him and keeping him entertained that i decided to wait until hes a little older and has impulse control and some commands down better

  • Bailey

    It’s amazing how much water a dog goes through at the beach. Great tips!

  • Really great tips. My dog is a beach puppy at heart. She grew up in San Diego and we would go a lot. She loves to dig too so I give her a separate umbrella that’s a little closeby so she can kick sand in the air to her hearts content. Which reminds me that dogs love shade after running around (at least mine does) so bringing an umbrella for them is great.

  • She looks SO happy there!!

  • jillconyers

    My daughter loves dogs. I’m going to share this with her.

  • Awww I love this! Such a happy pup.