The 5 best dog-friendly beaches in the West, plus essential products and safety tips for maximizing your pup’s fun in the sun, surf, and sand

There is nowhere we don’t want to take our pets, but there are a handful of places that aren’t as welcoming to our furry friends. One of them being the beach. It’s nothing personal. Mainly, the restrictions are set in place to protect nature and your bud. And, let’s admit it; pups aren’t the easiest travel buddies when it comes to the ocean (there’s the sand clean-up, dangerous current and sea creatures, fussy batchmates). But fear not. Not only does the West have a great lineup of shorelines ready to welcome Fido with open arms, but we’ve also picked up a solid selection of dog-friendly products and safety tips to make your day in sun fun for everyone