If your dog loves to swim or frolic on the beach, then it’s worth the trip to this sandy oasis:
The town of Duck allows well-mannered and voice-controlled dogs off-leash on their beaches all year long! I had to call the town of Duck to hear it for myself!
Yes, it’s true, there are plenty of other dog-friendly beaches in N.C but your dog will need to remain on a leash at all times. So, if you’re planning a trip to the beach, whether it’s an on or off-leash one, be sure to follow the rules and maintain good control of your dog so those beaches remain dog-friendly!
Here are a few helpful tips before you head off with your furry partner:
Bring a leash with you, and be sure that your dog is wearing up-to-date identification & rabies tags. Also, have your veterinarians contact information, just in case you need it.
Make sure that you keep your dog in your sight 100% of the time. Never allow your dog to approach someone without invitation. If there are other dogs nearby, don’t assume that they’re dog-friendly.
And, as you know, it can get pretty hot during our N.C. summers, so be sure to pack an umbrella for shade and plenty of fresh, cool water for drinking and even spraying down hot paws to avoid heat stroke. If your dog will tolerate booties, they’re great for protecting the pads from hot surfaces!
Don’t forget the poop bags, a toy, ball and a bone to chew when it’s time to take a break.
You might want to stay on the beach all day but your dog is wearing a fur coat and won’t be able to handle a full, hot day so be aware of the time and set a reasonable limit of sun exposure.
When you do head home and need to make a pit stop, please don’t leave your dog in the car! In no time, car temperatures rise to harmful, if not fatal, heights. Take a look at this chart:
Whether you head to the town of Duck or some other dog-friendly place, have a fun, safe summer !
And, happy 4th of July! Woof! Elaine