How Long Can a Dog Stay on the Beach

How Long Can a Dog Stay on the Beach

Author WDF Staff


With the summer upon us, many dog owners decide to take their dogs out for a fun trip to the beach. If you are fairly new to dog ownership, you might have wondered, “Can dogs be on the beach for a long time?” The truth is - it all depends on your preparations. In general, your dog can safely spend a few hours on the beach without any problems, assuming they are healthy adult dogs. Here is what you should know about how long dogs can stay on the beach.


The key thing to having a successful and safe beach trip with your dog is preparation. Dogs can easily overheat, so there are a few things you need to prepare to keep your dog safe from the scorching summer sun. If you prepare all of these things, there is no reason your dog couldn’t stay on the beach the whole day.

dog playing on the beach


The first thing you absolutely need to take with you is enough water for your dog and yourself. There is no way both of you will endure a hot beach day without drinking plenty of water. Plus, dogs cannot sweat as we can, so panting and drinking fresh water is the main way they regulate their body temperature. Make sure you have enough water for everyone going to the beach. One of the worst things that can happen on a dog beach day is dehydration.


You can take an umbrella with you or a small tent, but you have to make sure your dog has enough shade where they can rest. You don’t have to bring anything if you are certain there is enough natural shade where your dog can find shelter from the sun. Your dog can run, swim, and play as much as they want, but they need a place where they will lower their body temperature and possibly take a nap.

border collie on the beach


You might think sunblock is only necessary for us, but dogs can get sunburnt too. Make sure your dog’s belly and nose are safe from the sun. If you have a hairless dog breed, like the Chinese Crested, you want to keep them really well protected. Their skin is exposed, and they can quickly get sunburns.

Dog cooling vest

The most important thing you have to do on the trip to the beach with your dog is to make sure your dog doesn’t overheat and get a heatstroke. If the heat is too intense, it would be best to postpone the trip for more favorable weather. However, if you are adamant about going, take a dog cooling vest with you. The cooling vest can be filled with water which will slowly evaporate and cool down your dog. If you want to know more about cooling vests, check out this article - Best dog cooling vests

dogs on beach

The hottest part of the day

The best thing to do is keep your dog in the shade during the hottest part of the day. Between 12 AM and 4 PM, it would be best to keep your dog out of the sun. That is usually the hottest part of the day, and it would be wise to keep your dog out of direct sunlight. The answer to the question, “How long can a dog stay on the beach?” will be - not very long, if you decide to keep your dog active during that time. Take them for a quick swim, and play in the shade. If you can, get your dog to lie down and take a nap.

Dog food

So many beach activities will undoubtedly drain your dog’s energy. You should make sure your dog has something to eat. You too will probably get hungry, so make sure you and your dog have something to nibble on. Take a dog bowl and a bit of your dog’s kibble with you so your dog doesn’t get weak and hungry.

Dog first aid kit

Taking your dog on the beach is the same as taking your kids, which means accidents can happen. Your dog could get in a fight with another dog or their paw on a sharp rock or piece of glass. It’s best to be prepared, so keep a dog first aid kit with you in the car. If anything happens, you will be fully prepared to give medical attention to your dog.

So, how long can a dog stay on the beach?

If you are well-prepared, there is no reason your dog couldn’t spend the whole day with you on the beach. Dog owners take their dogs camping, and if they are prepared, everything goes smoothly. They share an adventure and a beautiful memory with their dog. However, if you take your dog to the beach without proper preparations, you should really head home after 4 hours max. Plus, you have to constantly keep an eye on your dog and make sure they don’t show any signs of heatstroke.

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