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Are Dogs Allowed on Laguna Beach? What You Need To Know!

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Laguna Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches that you can find in the state of California. The crystal blue waters, calming tides, and relaxing atmosphere make it one of the best places to relax and enjoy some time in the sun. But does Laguna Beach allow you to invite your dog? In this article, we’ll answer this question for you as well as discuss some tips to keep in mind when taking your furry friend out for a day in the sand.



Can You Take Your Dog to Laguna Beach?

Dogs are allowed on Laguna Beach, but they do have restrictions. Laguna Beach is open year-round. However, between June 15th and September 10th, dogs are only allowed before 9 AM and after 6 PM. During the rest of the year, you can take your dogs to the beach any time of the day that it’s open.

The beaches are usually open from 6 AM to 10 PM, given weather conditions. You need to ensure that you keep your dog on a leash at all times while on the beach. This means that if you plan to partake in fun activities, you may want to have a retractable leash that’s at least 10-15 feet long.

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B‍est Beach Day Dog Tips

Not only does playing with your dog at the beach provide them with a healthy physical outlet, it also keeps you active. Before you pack up your car and hit the road, check out these essential tips to keep your dog happy and healthy during your next trip to the beach.

Pack an Emergency Kit

The emergency kit for your dog should include all the items you would want to have in case of an emergency. It should be kept in a place where it is easily accessible and should be updated regularly. It can be as simple as a leash, a bag of food, and a chew toy or a more comprehensive pack with medications, first-aid supplies, and other necessities.

Having your pet’s emergency kit on-hand will give you peace of mind when you are away from home. If you’re going away for any length of time, make sure that your dog has on a collar that is clearly labeled with the name and emergency contact so that anyone who finds your dog (in the event that it’s lost) can contact you immediately.

Always Pick Up After Your Dog

The first rule of bringing a dog to the beach is to remember to bring a poop bag. It’s important to pick up after your dog at all times, and a beach is no exception. You’ll likely see signs on the beach instructing you to do so. Laguna Beach is lined with trash cans so then you can conveniently toss the bags in the trash can after you use them. It also has bathrooms and other areas dedicated for a quick clean-up.

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Pack Soft Collars or Leashes

Sand and water are notorious for getting into all of the crevices. Try to pick your leash or a collar with caution and choose one that is easy to brush off in the event that they become riddled with sand. It’s important to keep your dog on a leash if the beach has this rule set in place. This is also a great way to keep them from entering the water and swimming too far or running up to strangers who may not be dog friendly.

Pack Snacks and Plenty of Water

While dogs can get dehydrated just like humans, they’re not as likely to recognize the symptoms. It’s important to keep an eye on your dog while at the beach. If they begin to slow down or look lethargic, it could be a sign that they’re thirsty. You can also use this opportunity to pack some healthy treats, like freeze-dried chicken treats that are perfect for outdoor activities. Keep a bottle of water in your bag and offer it to your dog if it appears thirsty.



Fun Toys for Dogs on The Beach

Dog Floats

Floating is one of the best activities for dogs at the beach. You can find a range of options, whether your dog wants to swim in the ocean or relax in the pool. Dog life jackets are designed to keep your pup safe while in the water and are a great option if your dog isn’t a strong swimmer.

They’re also great for dogs with joint issues, including older dogs. While life jackets keep your dog’s head above water and are perfect for swimming, they aren’t ideal for lounging at the beach. For that, you can choose a float that’s comfortable for lounging, like this one.

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Tug Toys

Tug toys are great for keeping your dog active and providing a healthy outlet for their energy. Be careful when using the tug toy in the water, as you don’t want to drag the dog in the water by its teeth. It may seem fine but it can be unhealthy and damaging for the dog.

Fetch Balls

Most people think that balls are best for fetch, but there are a few types that are ideal for the beach. One of the cheapest phones that you can get is a simple tennis ball, to toss along the beach, away from the shoreline. One of the best sand-proof toys for the beach is the Chuckit! Ultra Ball. Ball toys are perfect for a game of fetch, but don’t be surprised if your dog tires all quickly from all the back-and-forth running in the sand – be sure to have treats ready!

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Wrapping Things Up

Laguna Beach does allow dogs, but they must be on a leash at all times. They also have restricted dog hours during certain times of the year that you should be aware of before heading out. If your dog is on leash, try to keep it at least six feet away from other dogs and any potential hazards on the beach. Also, don’t forget to keep it hydrated and pay attention to any heavy panting or signs of lethargy.

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