Is my dog allowed at the beach? Yes. We ask that you are respectful of other people when letting your dog run. Also, be alert to other dogs on the beach to avoid fighting. Westport Washington Beaches are pet friendly. Does the tide wash away my dogs waste or do I need to pick it up? Fecal bacteria in seawater associated with dog waste on the beach, can make people and animals ill. To ensure that our beach remains pristine and that your dog is not contributing to the unpleasant problem of bacteria in the seawater, always clean up your dog waste and deposit it in an appropriate trash receptacle. What to pack when taking dogs to the beach? Pack their food and water bowls, leashes and even their sleeping crates/bedding How can I keep my dog safe at the beach? • When taking your dog to the beach, make sure there is plenty of fresh water and shade. • Dogs can get sunburned just like humans, so limit your dog’s exposure to the hot sun and apply a zinc-free sunblock to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside. • Be careful not to let your dog spend too much time on hot sand or asphalt. Dogs can burn their feet just as easily as we can. • Cool ocean water is very tempting to a dog. Don’t allow your dog to drink too much seawater. This can cause diarrhea or vomiting and quickly dehydrate them. • Salt and other minerals in ocean water can damage your dog’s coat, so rinse him off at the end of the day.