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If you’re planning to hit the beach with your dog this summer, a go-bag full of essentials can make all the difference. Here are some products your pup can use in the surf, sun, and sand! By planning ahead with a few well-chosen items, you can make sure that your dog has a safe and happy day at the beach.

Best Products to Keep Dogs Cool

Chill Out Bandana

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Playing at the beach is hot business for dogs, and heatstroke or heat exhaustion can come on fast. Protect your dog with a cooling bandana. Soak it in water, wring it out and put it on your dog with the easy Velcro attachments. Many reviewers found it really did keep their dogs cool, even more effectively than a wet cotton bandana. Some customers recommend putting it in the freezer or cooler, although you’ll have to give it a few minutes out in the air to keep it from being too cold. Price: $9.32

Outlast Heating and Cooling Crate Pad

As we all learn at an early age, the sand gets really, really hot. Give your dog a break with a mat that mitigates the heat. NASA developed the high-tech material to balance temperature, so if it works in space, it’s bound to work at the beach. One happy customer notes that the thickness and size of the mat are perfect. The mat is offered in 14 sizes and five colors. Price: $19.99

Highwave Water Bottle 

You know what they say: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! And that goes for your dog, too. The clever design of this travel water bottle includes a bowl-like top that’s easy for your dog to drink from without spills and dribbles.  Just squeeze the bottle and the bowl fills with water. And you can work it with one hand. Satisfied customers like how easy it is to use and that it eliminates the need to pack a dog bowl. Price $22.99

Best Products for Beach Fun

Summer Fun Pack

What beach bag is complete without some fun toys and a few necessities? You’ll get a little of everything in one handy package. The box includes toys, all-important flea and tick spray, pet wipes and your dog’s very own personalized beach towel. Choose from the small or large gift pack and hit the beach. Price: $39.99

Chuckit Amphibious Bumper Floating Fetch Toy

If your dog loves playing in the ocean, this buoyant toy is for her. The knotted grip makes it easy for you to throw and your dog will spot the high-viz colors, even in the waves. One reviewer said the toy held up even after repeated games of water tug-of-war and many customers commented on how much their dog loves it. They do warn, however, that it’s not suitable for heavy chewing and is best saved for the water play. Price: $9.95

Best Products for Keeping Your Dog Clean

Mudbuster Portable Dog Paw Cleaner

Keep sandy paws out of the car and house with this innovative tool. Just add water and insert paw. The soft silicone bristles remove sand without tugging or tangling.  All the first and debris stays inside the Mudbuster. Reviewers love this thing, saying, “This product works like a charm. It gets the sand from between their pads, and is gentle enough that even my most stubborn pup tolerates it!”  It’s available in three sizes. Price: $13.57

Kurgo Portable Go Shower

That’s the thing about beaches: the sand is everywhere, including your dog’s paws and coat. You won’t want to let him back in the car without a shower, which makes this portable dog shower a good investment. The bladder holds six liters of water and the strap is constructed to latch on to almost anything, like a branch or car door, so you can hang the bag on whatever’s handy. Reviewers say the hose is surprisingly powerful, the shower is easy to use, and it saves on “tons of cleanup.” Price: $34.99

Best Beach Travel Products

K9 Sport Sack Pop-Up Tent

When your dog needs a break from the blazing sun, this pup tent is a good solution. It’s fully ventilated and assembles in seconds. Even better, it folds flat for carrying or storage. Verified customers think it’s great for smaller dogs and they appreciate how lightweight and easy it is to carry. Price: $19.95

Be sure to measure your dog to choose the right size:
Small: 20” x 20” x 20”
Large: 30” x 30” x 30”

Hilike Pet Travel Bag

With everything you have to carry to the beach, wouldn’t it be nice to have a doggy bag all ready to go? That’s what this travel bag provides. It includes two large insulated food bags, two silicone collapsible bowls, a food mat to keep bowls off the sand, and multiple pockets for everything else. And, should you have two dogs, customers say the bag is roomy enough for everything the dogs need, even for a long weekend trip. A verified purchaser also appreciates that she can keep food and treats (or wet food and dry food) separate in the two stacking food bags. Price: $36.95
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