Many of us along the Grand Strand have dogs, but not all of us take advantage of the wonderful surroundings which can be enjoyed with our four-legged friends. Spending time with your pooch not only keeps them healthy, both mentally and physically, but can do the same for you.
Myrtle Beach is full of fun activities for you and your four-legged friends
Here are some of the best places in Myrtle Beach to spend a few hours enjoying the company of your furry companion.
- Dog Parks
One of the most obvious places to take your pooch is the dog park. However, many people don’t take advantage of this great resource which is available to us. The Grand Strand features some amazing dog parks.
The City of Myrtle Beach offers two dog parks, each with its own unique landscape. The South Barc Parc is located in The Market Common area, and is most distinguishable by its large lake. The lake provides a great place for dogs to cool off during the hot months.
The North Barc Parc is located off 62nd Avenue, beside the Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA. One of the best features of this park is the wide open area, for the dogs to run.
- Our Beaches
If you ask most Myrtle Beach residents why the live here, the most popular answer will be because of our beautiful beaches.
From May 1st through Labor Day, dogs are allowed on the beach before 10am, and after 5pm in Myrtle Beach. From Labor Day through April 30th, dogs are allowed on the beach at any time. I recommend you check local animal laws for the times your dog can be on your nearest beach.
- Go Camping
Spending a weekend in the great outdoors with your dog is an excellent way to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Within a short drive of most of Myrtle Beach, there are beautiful parks and forests which allow pets. The closest place to visit is Huntington State Park. Huntington State Park allows dogs in the park year round, as long as they are kept on leash.
Driving a bit further south on Highway 17 will take you to Francis Marion National Forest. This expansive national forest provides hundreds of miles of hiking trails for you and your dog, as well as primitive camping.
- Local Festivals
If you have lived in Myrtle Beach for any length of time you realize we have a lot to celebrate! Every weekend you can find a local festival ranging from charity benefits, arts and crafts, and music.
With fall just around the corner, you can be sure the festival calendar will be full. Fall is also a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your dog as the temperature cools.
Usually the best way to start is with a regular walking routine. Try to set aside a short period of time each day to walk with your pet. Many of our neighborhoods have sidewalks, which provide plenty of space to walk your dog. Locate a mile loop around your neighborhood or download popular GPS exercise apps to track your progress.
Ready to step it up a notch? Based on breed and size, your pup can be the perfect running partner. Many dogs will take to running with you quite naturally after some practice. Be sure to gradually increase the distance with your dog, and pay close attention to their breathing or panting during exercise.
All of these activities are very dependent on your specific dog. Some tips to keep your dog safe include:
- Make sure immunizations are up to date.
- Confirm that your pet can be identified if lost.
- Always take water and a bowl.
- Always clean up after your dog.
- Provide shade for your dog when they need it.
- Watch for stress in your dog, and be prepared to leave early if you need to.
- Protect your dog from other animals, motor vehicles, as well as wildlife.
Now get out there and have a great time with your dog.