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    You guys have me thinking about taking a beach trip with Bella soon... Hmmm...
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    Default Re: Advice for taking a bully to the beach?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vikinggirl View Post
    Hi Kelly, you are right to be concerned about the safety of your Bullies at the beach, they don't tolerate heat very well, and only for short periods of time. You don't want them drinking any salt water, as this can make them sick, and cause diarrhea, and can also cause dehydration. You want to make sure you have collapsible water bowls with you, and plenty of fresh water for them to drink. Make sure they have shaded areas to cool off and rest and to get out of the sun. Bullies can get sunburned easily, just like people, especially the white ones with pink skin, you want to protect their skin, nose and ears with sunscreen, also the sand can be very hot on their sensitive paws, and cause burns, blisters and sores, as well as they can cut their paws on rocks, glass, and shells. Watch that they don't ingest things like garbage, seaweed, or other foreign objects. Also keep vinegar on hand to rinse them if they get a cut or sore, or if they get stung by a bee, wasp or jellyfish, it will take the stinging away. Make sure you have their collars on them with their ID tags in case they get lost. Make sure you have a life jacket on them because Bullies can't swim.


    Here is a list of some other tips for Beach Safety with Your Dog

    1. Not all dogs can swim. Thatís right, the doggie paddle does not come naturally to every dog Ö like Ty for example. In fact, certain breeds like Corgis and Pugs donít swim at all. Find some quiet water and give your dog a chance to show you if he can swim or not by encouraging him to follow you. Never throw your dog in the water and expect him to swim.

    2. Drinking salt water is a bad idea. This is logical, and yet getting Buster continues to try to lap up the ocean. The more I want him to stop Ė the more he wants to drink. In the event you have more luck with your dog, pack plenty of water to keep you both hydrated.

    3. Invest in a life vest. Waves, current, and rip tides can quickly exhaust your dog, and that can be deadly. Life vests made specially for dogs come in all sizes. When youíre making your selection, look for one that fastens at three points and has a handle on the back, making it easy for you to lift your dog out of the water.

    4. Use sun screen. Youíre not the only one that needs to be concerned with sun burn. Get a sun screen specially formulated for dogs and apply it to your dogís nose and ears 30 minutes before hitting the beach.

    5. Beware of submerged dangers. Sharp rocks, shells, coral, and jellyfish can injure your dog. And, because dogs often donít indicate when theyíre in pain, youíll need to watch his body language and carefully check him for cuts and scrapes.

    6. Calm water is best. Surf boards, jet skis, and big waves can frighten your dog. Find a quiet place to play with your pup, or locate a local dog beach were surfing and boating are not allowed.

    7. Head for cover. The sun and the sand are fun, but itís nice to have a place to take a break in the shade and out of the wind. Consider bringing an inexpensive tent to give you and your dog a comfortable place to relax.

    8. Donít overdo it. Running on sand is strenuous, so donít expect your dog to be able to fetch as long as he might at the dog park. And, start slow, giving him time to warm up to avoid a muscle pull.

    9. Cold water can hurt. Remember, if your dog has arthritis or other joint issues, swimming in cold water can irritate the condition. Stick to shallow water and bays where the water is warmer.

    10. Rinse thoroughly. When youíre done playing, take time to rinse salt, sand, and microscopic organisms from your dogís coat. Also, be sure to dry your dogís ears as moisture in the ear canal can cause ear infections.
    great tips
    Hug your bully today

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    Ok, I was born and raised in Florida but where I lived dogs we were not permitted to take dogs on the beach so I have never been able to take my girls. They have been to the river and creeks but never the beach. This summer we are headed for a week in the Florida Keys and I have already researched dog friendly beaches. I am not planning to stay long as I am very careful about the heat and just want them to experience the beach and splash around for a bit.

    So what do I need to take besides water and towels? What if they take a lick of the water...obviously I won't let them drink it but what if they do get a lap or two? Will they get diarrhea? I just want to be overly prepared in case anything happens. I already found a vet just in case. Lol Any advice is welcomed. Thanks
    If you can, take ice cubes, if not, plenty of fresh, cold water.
    When we were in the keys, Blue didn't drink the water, but I kept sticking ice cubes into his mouth and he loved it..lol..

    Just remember, keep them in the water - and if they're out, in the shade. A little panting here and there is normal, but if it's consistent, get them out of the heat fast.


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    Default Re: Advice for taking a bully to the beach?

    Til's been to the beach a bunch. No need to stress about it, just be prepared!

    Get life jackets for your bullies. Most bullies cannot swim at all - Matilda doesn't even have the instinct to swim, as in, she doesn't even try to paddle in water. She will literally just sit there and sink. But she loves the water and likes to wade in, so life jackets are a great precaution. If they get in too deep or get nailed by a wave, at least it will keep their head up and buy you some time to intervene. There's also the added bonus of a wet life jacket will keep them cool and protect them from the sun!

    Speaking of, bullies tend to not have a lot of hair (especially the white ones) and get sunburnt very easily. I slather water resistant baby sunscreen SPF 70+ all over Til (don't forget head, ears, face!) and it does a great job of preventing burning.

    Bring plenty of water and an umbrella for shade if it's going to be a long day. Plus towels so they don't have to lay on hot sand.

    Beach toys are a must! Tilly loooooves to chase balls into the water - just at the shore of course, not too deep in.

    Other than that, just have fun! If it's REALLY hot out, it may be best just to leave the bullies home, but you should be fine. We also have a cooling vest that you get wet and it stays cold for hours. You can find them online or at pet stores. We never really use it though, since we're in CA and the water is so cold already. Til spends the whole day splashing in the waves, so she's plenty cooled off.

    Here's some shots from our beach trip this weekend The life vest is from Petsmart's Martha Stewart line. So cute and functional!


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    Default Re: Advice for taking a bully to the beach?

    Quote Originally Posted by hnhammond View Post
    Til's been to the beach a bunch. No need to stress about it, just be prepared!

    Get life jackets for your bullies. Most bullies cannot swim at all - Matilda doesn't even have the instinct to swim, as in, she doesn't even try to paddle in water. She will literally just sit there and sink. But she loves the water and likes to wade in, so life jackets are a great precaution. If they get in too deep or get nailed by a wave, at least it will keep their head up and buy you some time to intervene. There's also the added bonus of a wet life jacket will keep them cool and protect them from the sun!

    Speaking of, bullies tend to not have a lot of hair (especially the white ones) and get sunburnt very easily. I slather water resistant baby sunscreen SPF 70+ all over Til (don't forget head, ears, face!) and it does a great job of preventing burning.

    Bring plenty of water and an umbrella for shade if it's going to be a long day. Plus towels so they don't have to lay on hot sand.

    Beach toys are a must! Tilly loooooves to chase balls into the water - just at the shore of course, not too deep in.

    Other than that, just have fun! If it's REALLY hot out, it may be best just to leave the bullies home, but you should be fine. We also have a cooling vest that you get wet and it stays cold for hours. You can find them online or at pet stores. We never really use it though, since we're in CA and the water is so cold already. Til spends the whole day splashing in the waves, so she's plenty cooled off.

    Here's some shots from our beach trip this weekend The life vest is from Petsmart's Martha Stewart line. So cute and functional!


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    Thanks for the reassurance! I love Tilly's life jacket. So girly. I had to rescue one of my bully's at a waterfall once. She slipped on the rocks into a small pool of water and I fell with my expensive camera hanging around my neck trying to rescue her. She kept her head above water but her back end was pulling her down like an anchor. The water is quite shallow but she happened to find a deep spot. About gave me a heart attack!
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