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Doggie Adventures, Episode 6: Dog Beach, Ocean Beach San Diego

Updated: Sep 27, 2022

Two dogs playing with each other at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach San Diego California.

As one of Southern California's most popular dog beaches, Ocean Beach is a great place to bring your dog for a day of fun in the sun. From swimming and playing fetch to meeting other furry friends, there's plenty for your pup to do at OB Dog Beach making it a Fetch the Sun favorite!

Here are just a few of the activities you and your four-legged friend can enjoy at this pawsome beach.


A dog swimming in the ocean at a dog friendly beach in San Diego

Of course, one of the best things to do at the beach is to take a dip in the ocean. And that's exactly what your dog can do at Ocean Beach! They can paddle around in the waves, chase after balls, and cool off on hot days. Just make sure to keep an eye on them, as strong currents can sometimes sweep dogs out to sea.

Just be sure to bring a towel and some water for afterwards, as the salt water can be tough on their skin.

If your dog is not comfortable in the water, this should be avoided. However, if you’re introducing your dog to swimming, here are some steps you can take to get your pup comfortable in the water.

1. Start by getting your dog used to being in the water by introducing them to it gradually. Allow them to sniff and explore the area before getting in yourself.

2. Once they seem comfortable, get in yourself and encourage them to come in after you. Support their chest and belly as they paddle around.

3. As they become more confident in the water, you can start playing games like fetch or catch. This will help them to enjoy being in the water even more.

4. Finally, make sure you offer plenty of praise and treats whenever your dog does something brave or daring in the water! This will reinforce positive behavior and make sure they always associate the ocean with good things.

5. Always consult your physician and veterinarian before any strenuous and/or high-risk activities

6. It is always recommended that you use a dog life jacket.