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Dog culture in SoWal

Discussion in 'Pets and Animals' started by mydogbabe, Jun 14, 2015.

  1. mydogbabe

    mydogbabe Beach Comber

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    Hi -

    We own a home along 30A and are thinking of relocated in 2 years. Among the many things we're trying to understand about living FT in So Wal is the "dog culture". We're coming from the West Coast (California) which is doggy heaven with off-leash dog-friendly beaches, dog parks and open space, as well as a strong dog "infrastructure" in place, like dog walkers who take pets on off leash adventures and ample sitters that will stay at your home and playdates/meet-ups between dog owners like monthly doodle romps, that encourage dog (and people) socialization.

    This forum is certainly a start, but are there other online resources more focused on dog-friendly resources along 30A or perhaps there is a place locally where "dog people" meet up?

    Thanks for your help! We want to make sure the move works for the entire family :)


    Jacqui
     
  2. Beach Runner

    Beach Runner beats on hood

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    I personally don't like for our dog to be around other dogs unless the owners are my neighbors or family. I worry that the dogs she's around might not have all of their vaccinations or that she picks up some illness that costs me a big vet bill. We never let her go potty at a gas station or fast food place on the way to the beach. Lord knows what she could pick up. So we always stop at a church. Not many dogs hanging around there.
     
  3. mydogbabe

    mydogbabe Beach Comber

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    Thanks for responding Beach Runner. Are there places you avoid in going with your dog because other dogs are playing together and/or offleash? That might be a helpful start since I'm looking for people who do enjoy socializing with their dogs.
     
  4. Jimmy T

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  5. mydogbabe

    mydogbabe Beach Comber

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    thanks Jimmy!
     
  6. 30A Skunkape

    30A Skunkape Mr. Small Box

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    Contact Furry Fanatics to meet like minded dog people.
     
  7. seal

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    mydogbabe, SoWal is dog heaven. As a resident/homeowner in Walton County, you know you can get the dog tag that allows you to take your pup to the beach during the designated hours.

    As for playing with other dogs, I let mine play with any and all dogs. He has all his vaccinations, is healthy, drinks water from puddles on the street, wrestles with other dogs. He's a dog. :)
     
  8. JoeWormwood

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    Yes, canine is few and far between at the churches. That is, except for St. Bernard's Catholic.:floor:
     
  9. DestinDeb

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    Hi. We've lived here with our dogs FT for almost four years. I wish there were more off leash opportunities for dogs and their people but all of the state parks require dogs to be on leash. The beach permits for dogs are great but they must be on leash and the hours they're allowed are pretty restrictive. My dog has her CGC certification and she listens better than most people's children but I get a lot of bad reactions whenever I walk her off leash on the boardwalks or on the trails in the state parks. The dog park is really in need of a makeover, and there is one in PCB and one in Destin but they're pretty far. I agree it's a little frustrating here to enjoy some off leash fun with your dog. Good luck.
     
  10. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    We've reached that point of too many people visiting to allow dogs on the beach, except for certain hours for residents with proper permits only. Sad but true. On leash is required and a good idea. But many remote beach areas where I believe off leash is OK...

    But if you know which trails and parks to visit for an adventure with your dog, then off leash is great in many uncrowded locations, such as point Washington state forest. Also, so many outdoor restaurants where dogs are welcome.

    Online dog sources? You've found the online resource for people, places, and pets.
     
  11. m1a1mg

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    The problem, per usual, isn't the good dog owners. It's the idiots who haven't taught their dogs, who allow them to run roughshod on the beach.
     
  12. mydogbabe

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    Thanks Skunkape! From Furry Fantics I found their website The Dogs of 30A which has good resources. http://www.thedogsof30a.com/

    Thanks Happy Camper, that is encouraging!

    Happy to Be - that is kind of my instinct. I am hoping that there are "hidden gems" (that we don't even need to talk about online) where dogs can roam off leash away from crowds.

    Thanks for suggestions Teresa. check out dogs of 30a. It's a pretty good start for newbies like me, but def doesn't have the forum/community of Sowal.com (yet)

    m1a1mg- always the problem!!
     
  13. happy2Bme

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    Just don't get caught with your dog off the leash in Pt Washington.....the dogs are nice, but their people not so much. Self-appointed hall monitors in serious need of a life......if the shoe fits, put it on and kick yourself with it.
     
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    Sad but true.. Pt.Washington (South Walton in general) used to be dog-ruled. I have lived in the area for decades and my dogs always ran loose. My neighbors might not really know me but they knew my dogs.We always looked out for our furry friends and once animal control even returned my dog to me when they found out they had picked him up from in front of my house in his spot in the road. I cant ever remember an aggressive dog around here, maybe some that were a bit too friendly. But with increased population comes increased attitude about what is "acceptable". Some folks moved in that were afraid of dogs running loose and it all changed ..my current furry friend has never known "off the leash" as she is a pitbull. (well...maybe a couple of times she got off the leash and raided the neighbors cats food bowl....LOL) But she has never been aggressive to any neighbor or their pet (even if that cat was defending its food bowl). Sorry to say, but now there are laws "on the books" we all have to abide by.
     
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    Check out "What's Up Dog?" Training and retail (food and training gear). They have great boarding options as well. This is the place to get the best dog food on the market. The owner, Steve, is also really friendly and knowledgeable and is happy to answer any questions. I highly recommend them for training (even if you don't need it-tips are always great), food, and boarding.

    http://www.bestobedience.com
    http://vonherderhaus.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/bestobedience

    Also, Melanie with 30Aswimdog is awesome! She does hydrotherapy with dogs...not necessarily always for injuries, but sometimes for good exercise since it gets so hot here and we can't always take our furbabies to the beach. Her website is www.30aswimdog.com.

    As someone previously mentioned, the closest dog park is in need of a make over and the other 2 are pretty far away. However, there is the website called meetup.com and people can start up meet up groups....I'm not opposed to having a group for those of us in SRB and nearby that want to do some dog/people socializing. Perhaps organizing it via that website and meeting at the dog park, but eventually once the group were to get to know one another it could be in other settings like parties, bbq's, etc. Thoughts?

    Sorry to high-jack the post, but I've been having the same thoughts about dog/people socialization!

    -Ashley
     
  16. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    Make sure to visit Bow Wow Meow Pet Company in Seagrove Beach for all your pet supplies and a wonderful do it yourself bath facility. John can advise you on all you need to know about dogs and resources in SoWal.

    Also, we love Kindness Pet Hospital in Dune Allen Beach for any vet needs.
     
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    Slightly off topic here, but seeing that this thread is mostly dog lovers.

    Have been to the site www.dognition.com? I first heard about it on a 60 Minutes piece, "The Smartest Dog In the World". You can see that clip at the site. It's a site where you can purchase a pretty extensive, but simple, set of tests that you do at home to see how intelligent your dog is and how he sees and navigates the world. I guarantee you will know your dog much better after you do this. I am not affiliated with this site and I don't get anything if you try it out. I just think it's great.
     
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    Thank you for the referral, Teresa!! KINDNESS PET HOSPIAL is DEFINITLEY dog friendly!!

    www.kindnesspets30a.com

    Kindness Pet Hospital
    6744 W Co Hwy 30A
    Santa Rosa Beach FL 32459
    850.267.3955
    paws@kindnesspets30a.com


     
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