With Fall upon us here along The Grand Strand, it is finally cooling off enough to have our dogs on the beach in Myrtle Beach. Taking our dog, and our clients’ dogs, to the beach, is a great way to unwind after a long day. It allows you and your pup to get some exercise and enjoy an area with less danger than a crowded street.
Rules Of The Beach
The first thing to be aware of when taking your dog on the beach in Myrtle Beach is the city ordinances. The current laws (Oct 2018) state you cannot have your dog on the beach in Myrtle Beach from 10am-5pm (May 1-Labor Day). Outside of those times and dates, your dog is free the enjoy the beach with you.
Another law to be aware of when taking your dog to the beach is they must be on a handheld leash not exceeding 7 feet in length and must be under the control of the pet owner.
Best Practices When Taking Your Dog To The Beach
We have also developed some best practices here at Atlantic Pet Sitting for ensuring a safe and fun day at the beach with your dog. Always be mindful of your dogs’ individual health and needs.
Our first tip is the avoid the hottest times of the day. Even in the Fall, it can be in the 70s and 80s here in Myrtle Beach. Keep an eye on the heat index and plan your beach visit in the morning or in the evening when the temperature is at its lowest.
When taking your dog to the beach be sure to bring plenty of water for you and your dog. When our dog Coleman gets thirsty his first instinct is to try and drink the ocean water. Do not allow your dog to do this. Keep water readily available and offer some to your dog throughout your walk.
If your dog is a swimmer, always be aware of rip currents. Like us, dogs are at risk for rip currents sweeping them out unexpectedly. Check local beach forecasts and only allow your dog to swim when it’s safe.
Come prepared for your trip to the beach with dog waste bags. Just like walking your dog anywhere else you should be picking up after your dog. Nobody wants to step in that with bare feet.
If you’re planning on spending a few hours at the beach with your dog make sure you provide them with shade. Even on the cooler days, the sun can get pretty hot in Myrtle Beach. Providing your dog with shade will give them the option to seek cooler temperatures if the sun is getting too hot.
Our last tip is to explore new areas. Myrtle Beach is a beautiful area with many hidden gems. Although it’s tempting to go to the same place over and over again, try a change to your routine. Dogs love to explore, and a new spot will keep their interest peaked on your next trip to the beach.
Where To Take Your Dog In Myrtle Beach
You don’t have to go far to find a beautiful beach in Myrtle Beach. Our favorite spots are right in the city.
We love taking advantage of the beach access points as a safe place to park for our beach adventure. Our favorite spot is 38th and 67th avenue since they have plenty of parking and a foot wash for post-walk. They’re also located in an area without hotels so you can have more room on the beach and bother less people. These sections of The Grand Strand are beautiful!
Another great spot for hiking and enjoying the beach is Myrtle Beach State Park. The same rules for having your dog on the beach still apply, but you can find the unspoiled section of beach and fewer beachgoers than in more touristy spots along Myrtle Beach. Ample parking and picnic facilities make this a favorite spot for us, and many other locals.
Whether you live here, or you’re just visiting, get out there and enjoy our Myrtle Beach beaches with your pooch.