Dogs on the Beach

Jupiter's Dog Friendly Beach

Jupiter is home to one of the few remaining dog friendly beaches in the state of Florida. Whether you live in Jupiter or are just visiting, the rules apply to you. Get directions to the dog beach.

Dog Beach Care

Reprinted with permission from Friends of Jupiter Beach.
  • Give your dog a shady spot and plenty of fresh water. Don't let your dog drink sea water.
  • Dogs sunburn, especially those with short hair, white fur, and pink skin. Limit your dog's exposure and apply sunblock to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to hot asphalt or sand, which can burn a dog's paws.
  • Dogs are easy targets for sea lice and jellyfish. Check for daily water conditions.
  • Keep an eye on your dog. Running on the sand is strenuous exercise. A dog that is out of shape can easily pull a tendon or ligament.
  • Salt and other minerals in ocean water can damage your dog's coat, so rinse him off at the end of the day.

Swimming Safety

  • Most dogs enjoy swimming, but some can't swim. Others hate the water. Know your dog's preferences and skills before trying to make him swim.
  • If you're swimming with your dog for the first time, start in shallow water and coax him in by calling his name. Encourage him with toys and treats. Or let him follow another experienced dog he is friendly with.
  • Never throw a dog into the water.
  • If you dog begins to paddle with his front legs, lift his hind legs and help him float. He should quickly catch on and keep his back end up.
  • Don't let your dog over do it. Swimming is very hard work and he may tire quickly.
  • At the ocean, be careful of strong tides and know if rip currents have been reported. Never leave your dog unattended in water.

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