Singapore does not get to enjoy four seasons, but that also means that we can enjoy our beaches all year round! As a dog owner, bringing your little one to the beach guarantees you extra fun. But before you get all too eager, remember to heed the following advice!
Pick a dog friendly beach
This might seem obvious, but it’s also easy to forget in your excitement. Two popular dog friendly beaches in Singapore are Tanjong Beach and Siloso Beach.
Pack a doggy kit
You are probably already thinking of which bikini or swimming shorts to wear, but your pet has their own needs too! Here are some of the things you should definitely take with you: extra leashes (having different length leashes can be handy), dog sunscreen (apply it on their nose, ears, belly and groin area), a water bowl (use a collapsible one to save space), and poo bags (extra ziplock bags too, to seal the smell in if trashcans are scarce).
If you are planning to stay until dark, a laser pointer can be useful for entertaining your dog as well as guiding them back to you.
Answer this important question
Does your dog even like to swim? Just because they can does not necessarily mean that they would want to. To find out, take them to a quiet are with calm water and observe their reaction. If they don’t seem to like it, it’s fine! You can still take them to the beach for a walk along the shore and play games on the sand.
Even if your pooch is of a breed that are supposedly good swimmers, consider letting them wear a life vest. Strong waves and currents might overwhelm and tired them out, so having something to help them float allows them to stay in the water for longer (and is safer too, of course).
This advice is not only for planned parenthood, guys. Your furkid needs protection too at the beach: from the heat. If there are no conveniently accessible pavilions around, a large umbrella or a tent will do just fine. Both you and doggy could do with occasional breaks from running around under the scorching sun.
Additionally, just like how you put on slippers or sandals when the ground gets too hot to walk on barefooted, protect your pet’s paws too.
Your dog should not be drinking water from the sea — it’s unsanitary and the salt can be harmful.
Give your dog a bath
Every now and then, rinse or brush off the sand that has gathered on poor pup’s body and paws. If they got sand on their face too (probably from said sandy paws, if not from digging or strong wind), wet a soft cloth and gently wipe it clean.
When doggy starts to show signs of weariness and you want to call it a day, remember to give it a bath once your get home. Using a gentle dog shampoo can help you be rid off any remnants of sand.