Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach, Calif.
Surprisingly, it is the only beach in Los Angeles County where dogs are allowed off leash. It spans three acres between Argonne and Roycraft Avenues in the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach.
The dog zone is easy to get to from the 405 freeway. From either direction, take the Studebaker Road exit. Head west down Studebaker until it ends on dog-friendly 2nd Street. Make a right and continue until you spot Argonne Ave.
You can park wherever your pup’s heart desires, but be sure to bring plenty of quarters if you park in the metered parking lot, where the sand and pavement meet. Meter rules are enforced, even on Sundays, so be sure to fill up your parking meter with coins before you fill up on fun.
Rosie’s Dog Beach draws a crowd of people and pups every day of the week. The dog hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and expect to see people and pups at all hours of the day.
Although the beach is off leash, the path to it is not, so be sure you have a leash on your pooch.
Rosie’s Dog Beach is easily identified by the posted signs, orange cones, and the sound of happy dogs at play. Once you and your furry friend are between the cones, feel free to let your dog off leash to enjoy the sand.
If your dog is new to the beach, you can try my “Nala technique.” My Keeshound, Nala, was kept on leash for her first two trips to the beach. I walked her around the area to make sure she was familiar with the orange boundary cones and to make sure she wouldn’t run off. On her third trip to the beach, Nala was let off-leash and had no problems staying within the boundaries and playing nicely with other dogs.
Be sure to bring water for your canine companion, as there are no dog fountains.
Bring your own poop bags to pick up after your dog since there are rarely bags available to use. Fortunately, pet parents have been cleaning up after their dogs, so Rosie’s Dog Beach remains clean week after week.
Rosie’s is also the perfect spot to play catch with your dog, so be sure to bring a tennis ball to throw in the sand or ocean.
If your dog is an adventurous swimmer, he can swim in the ocean. The water is pretty deep after a few feet, so keep an eye on your pup at all times when he’s in the water.
Bring towels to dry your pup off after a swim. Your car’s interior will thank you for them.
And for the pups who just feel like laying out on the sand, bring a chair or towel to sit on beside them. You can even give them a little back rub while you read your favorite book or enjoy the beautiful view.
Overall, Rosie’s Dog Beach is an excellent place to take your pup. The beach is easy to find, it’s clean and there are plenty of things for you and your dog to do.
For more information on Rosie’s Dog Beach, visit hautedogs.com.
PHOTOS: Amelia Lerutte