Hitting the beach with your canine companion is a great way to relax and enjoy the summer season. Games of fetch,stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, and meeting new friends. Who could want more?
Not all beaches are dog-friendly, though, and many have strict restrictions on where and what you and your pup can go and do. Luckily though, there are beaches across the country that welcome canines and even offer special amenities just for you and your pup. We’ve compiled a list of the top five dog beaches in the US, so pack your beach bag and hit the road!
Dogs don’t demand much of us. They ask to be loved, fed, taken on walks, and for you to show up exactly as you are. It’s that last one that can feel tricky for many of us. Too often, we bury our unique character underneath the weight of what other people around us expect. Other people’s judgements about what is “good” and “bad” dictate our behavior and feelings of self-worth or shame. Being just who you are can feel like a herculean effort.
Besides love and affection, water is one of the most important things you can give your dog. Just like us, dogs’ bodies are made up mostly of water and it’s crucial to keep their bodies functioning properly. There can be dire consequences if your dog becomes dehydrated while out adventuring, so with summer in full swing and temperatures on the rise, we’re going to talk about the best ways to keep your dog cool and hydrated.
Empathy is a skill we as humans don’t use often enough. While it’s true we don’t use empathy enough with our fellow humans, it’s also true when it comes to our four-legged friends. What would change if you shifted your perception and saw your world through your dog’s eyes?
Gratitude may be one of the most powerful emotional forces we have. It pulls you from worrying about past, fretting about the future, and centers you in the here and now. It’s the antidote to fear, anxiety and anger. Taking a few minutes each day to feel grateful can shift your entire life towards more joy and abundance.
Stand up paddle boarding is all the rage right now. It’s a great way to work on your balance, get some sun, and enjoy the water at the same time. Oh, I almost forgot to mention: your dog can join in on the fun too!
I know that putting a dog on a stand up paddle board seems like asking for trouble, but all it takes is a little training and you and your dog will be cruising the lake together in no time.
Passion is a tricky thing. It gives you fire, motivation, and a burning desire to contribute. On the flip side, it can make you feel vulnerable and afraid to share your light with the world. It’s safer to keep your passion to yourself where it’s comfortable rather than live it out loud. Truly living in your passion can be one of the most rewarding things you’ve ever done and simultaneously one of the most terrifying things you’ve ever done. Luckily, our dogs give us a great model for moving forward in this fragile but incredibly rewarding space.
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. Your new dog is coming home! Whether they are a puppy or an older dog you adopted from the shelter, there are several things you can do to make sure they feel welcome and at home in their new environment.
Do you think dogs get disappointed? I don’t mean little disappointments, like when you pick up the leash without taking them on a walk, but big disappointments when things don’t go their way. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a dog pout for hours or days when reality doesn’t match their expectations.
Dogs seem to go with the flow so well. Always looking for the next opportunity, the next chance to enjoy themselves, or just the next moment itself, whatever it brings. They do it so naturally, so easily.