The only dog beach in Orange County, Huntington Dog Beach serves as a seaside playground for unleashed canines (although technically dogs should be leashed). Stretching along more than a mile of Huntington City Beach shoreline, Dog Beach touches Seapoint Street at its northern tip and 21st Street to the south. The Preservation Society of Huntington Dog Beach maintains the beloved natural space, and they've done a fine job of displaying the rules on their website and on fliers and various signs at the locale. (Photo by Lauren Lloyd)
We have a few etiquette tips to help keep the water-loving dog mecca as clean and friendly as possible. Dog Beach visitors typically obey the rules of the sand, and we hope with these reminders, it will continue to be the highlight of pooch playtime. (Photo by Lauren Lloyd)
Do: Pick up your dog's poop.
This rule is the most important to obey at Dog Beach. Burying the pile under sand or relying on the tide to carry the waste out to sea are not acceptable here. Keeping your eyes on your dog are essential for spotting the moment of relief. Dog waste bag dispensers are located at every entrance. Please use them. (Photo by Lauren Lloyd)
Do: Bring your mammoth Newfoundland to entertain beach-goers.
We love watching your beast watch all the action. It's also fun to witness reactions to the immensity of your pet. (Photo by Lauren Lloyd)
Don't: Unleash your aggressive dog on the rest of the beach.
It's understandable that some dogs need to be socialized, but maybe keep that leash attached until your friend can play nice. Please note: The dogs shown in this photo are merely playing. (Photo by Lauren Lloyd)
Do: Hydrate your dog during his or her Dog Beach adventure.
Most pet supply stores carry collapsable bowls that are the perfect accompaniments at the beach, and water fountains are positioned along the bike and pedestrian paths. Remember to share that H2O. We're all friends here. And friends don't let friends' dogs get diarrhea. (Photo by Lauren Lloyd)
Do: Wear your unused dog waste bag as an accessory.
At least one beach-goer is already on it. (Photo by Lauren Lloyd)
Don't: Leave your trash behind.
Garbage receptacles can be found at each entrance. Practice the "take only pictures, leave only footprints" motto. Aside from the obvious detriments to the environment, beach rubbish also endangers curious canines. (We know, some of the waste washes up from the ocean.) (Photo by Lauren Lloyd)
Do: Let your dog run and swim free, so long as your eyes are glued to your pet and you can react appropriately in case of emergency.
Has your dog ever suffered "Dog Beach Overstimulation" and sprinted to and past the beach exit? Ours have. It's terrifying. (Photo by Lauren Lloyd)
Don't: Watch as your dog relentlessly "bullies" another dog and assume the owner and dog do not mind.
Chances are, they do. (Photo by Lauren Lloyd)
Do: Stick flowers in the sand like this beach romantic.
You made our day, whoever you are. (Photo by Lauren Lloyd)
Don't: Slyly wander down the beach with a toy that doesn't belong to your dog.
You know what you came with. Besides, it's a known sin to steal from a dog. (Photo by Lauren Lloyd)
Do: Visit Dog Beach with your parading pack of pooches.
"I'm the pack leader," the pictured dog owner tells us. (Photo by Lauren Lloyd)
Don't: Come barreling down the rocky, steep entrance by lifeguard tower 24.
Hiker's rules of yielding to those ascending should be followed. (Photo by Lauren Lloyd)
Do: Let your dog play with seaweed.
It's a battle only pooches and marine algae can understand. (Photo by Lauren Lloyd)
Don't: Walk your dog in the bike lane above Dog Beach.
Opt for the pedestrian path closest to the ocean. (Photo by Lauren Lloyd)
Don't: Get upset if you and your belongings are covered in sand, salt water and dog urine at the end of your beach day.
You are, after all, at Dog Beach. You're on their turf, humans. (Photo by Lauren Lloyd)