How to teach your cavoodle puppy to love the beach

When the weather starts getting warmer, it means many Australians head to the beach on their weekends and summer holidays, but what about your cavoodle puppy? Are they going to be able to tag along, and will they love the water?

Being mixed with a spaniel who was originally bred as a hunting dog, they were good swimmers and had no trouble staying afloat. Poodles also like water, as their ancestors were duck hunters and were always in or around water. This means naturally, cavoodles should also be good swimmers and love the water. 

In saying that though, if cavoodles have not had the best experience around water as puppies, then this is where anxieties and fear around the water can occur. A beach can also be very different to a pool, lake or river, the loud noise of the waves is something cavoodles tend to be scared of most.

This is why the first experience your cavoodle has with the water and beach is so crucial to set them up for loving it in future. 

How to introduce your cavoodle puppy to the beach?

When you can take your cavoodle out of the house after their vaccinations, a great day out is taking them down to a secluded, quiet beach or dog-friendly beach that doesn't get many visitors, this is because you don't want your cavoodle to get distracted by other humans or dogs as it can just get too overwhelming for them. Also you need to be careful around restrictions about letting dogs off the leash at certain times during the day for certain beaches as you can get fined by rangers. 

Don’t force your cavoodle to go in the water if they don't want to. Just get them running up and down on the sand, be playful with them, throw around their favourite toy or let them chase the kids, making them have a fun first experience while they listen to the noises in the environment is enough to get them used to the beach and be a step closer to loving it. If you can pick a beach that isn't known for its big waves, the better their first experience will be. 

When they are super confident, try running in the shallow parts of the water yourself and seeing what your cavoodle does, they can be little copycats sometimes so this is how you can get them to start interacting near the wet sand and shallow waves. 

Once they are more confident, go further into the water and see if they follow you, naturally they will either chase you in and start “doggy paddling” to get to you or they just whine from the sand until you go back to them. 

Doing this over and over again a few times we found Bambi eventually got confident enough to chase us in. Don’t be deterred if they shake, shiver, bark, whine and cry, they will do this to get attention, especially cavoodles that are less confident, remember they are still very young so they just want to be close to you, they will get better and do these things less and less with every experience. 


You can even do this with older cavoodles as well to re-introduce them to this environment if they previously have had bad experiences at the beach and with the water.


Remember to be patient and take it at their pace, if you rush them, you could scare or scar them for life. 



List of dog friendly beaches around Australia: 

Be sure to check on your local council website about off leash times at these beaches as they aren’t always allowed to go any time during the day.


The Spit, Gold Coast

Tallebudgera Beach

Palm Beach

Moreton Bay

Red Beach

Woorim Beach

Deception Bay Dog Beach

North Stradbroke Island

Home Beach, Point Lookout

Stumers Creek – Coolum

Ballinger Beach -Currimundi

Warana Beach (4pm-8am)

Moffat Beach

Hervey Bay

Dundowran Beach


Far Beach


Pallarenda Beach

Cairns North – Cairns Esplanade

Machans Beach

Holloways Beach

Palm Cove

Trinity Beach

Yorkeys Knob

Queens Beach

Kings Beach


South Golden Beach

Main Beach – Belongil Area

Tallow Beach – Suffolk Park

Manly Lagoon – Manly

Greenhills Beach – Cronulla

Silver Beach – Kurnell

Fairlight Beach – Fairlight

Horden’s Beach – Bundeena

Spit West and Spit East Reserves – Mosman

Sirius Cove – Mosman

Rowland and Bayview Reserve – Bayview

Bicentennial Park – Glebe

Clontarf Reserve – Clontarf

Flora and Richie Roberts Reserve – Curl Curl

Dumaresque Reserve – Rose Bay

Seven Mile Beach – Lennox Head

One Mile Beach – Forster

Boomerang Beach

Sandbar Beach Smiths

Lake Blueys Beach

Tuncurry Beach

Blackhead Beach

Caves Beach

Croudace Bay

Speers Point park (on the same lake as Croudace Bay)

Horseshoe beach (harbour)

Terrigal Beach

Ocean Beach

Umina Beach

Pearl Beach

Putty Beach

Forresters Beach

Lakes Beach

North Shelly Beach

Horderns Beach, Bundeena

Gunyah Beach, Bundeena

Collers Beach – Mollymook

Shoalhaven Heads

Culburra Beach

Currarong Beach

Swan Lake

Bendalong Beach

Bawley Point Beach

Wanda Beach

MM Beach – Port Kembla

Sharkeys Coledale

Coniston Beach

East Corrimal Beach

MCauley’s Thirroul Beach

Tathra Beach – Tathra

Short Point – Merimbula

Main Beach – Merimbula

Aslings Beach – Eden

Keith’s Pinch Beach – Eden

Haywards Beach – Bermagui

Beares Beach South – Bermagui


Hobsons Bay Region

Altona Beach

Williamstown Beach – Williamstown

Ocean Grove Beach – Ocean Grove

Narrows Beach – Queenscliff

Marengo Beach – Apollo Bay

Middle Park Beach

St Kilda Region

St Kilda Beach

St Kilda West Beach

Birdrock Beach

Dava Beach

Hawker Beach

Fosters Beach

Royal Beach

Mt Eliza Beach

Flinders Beach

Rosebud Beach

Safety Beach

Tassells Cove Beach

Rye Beach

Shelly Beach – Portsea

Somers Beach – Somers

Edward St Beach Foreshore

Sandringham Beach Foreshore

Hampton Beach – Hampton

Sandown St Beach – Brighton

Lillydale Lake – Lilydale

Cape Woolamai




San Remo

Smiths Beach

Sunderland Bay

Surf Beach


Cape Paterson

Coronet Bay Beach

Corinella Beach

Tenby Point Beach

Grantville Beach


Port Adelaide Enfield

Foreshore – Largs Bay

Almond Tree Flat Reserve – Largs Bay


South Beach

Leighton Beach

CY O’Connor Beach

Rocky Bay foreshore

North Fremantle foreshore

Whitfords Hillary’s – Hillarys

Peasholm Street Dog Beach – Scarborough

Between Margaret Street and Castle Street, North Beach

Between Bennion Street and Kathleen Street, Trigg

Part of Quinns Rocks Beach, Quinns Rocks, north from Tapping Way.

Part of Yanchep Beach, Yanchep, south from the northern end of Compass Park.

Part of Two Rocks Beach, Two Rocks, south of the southern groyne.

Geraldton – Very specific so make sure you view the link below and follow the directions.

Point Moore Lighthouse (West End) to 150km north of Hadda Way Beach Access near the Geraldton Surf Life Saving Club (Mahomets Flats)

Southern end of Glendidnning Road (Tarcoola Beach) to north of the Greenought River (Cape Burney)

Pages Beach (West End) to north of the Point Moore Lighthouse between the hours of 1600 and 0800

150km north of Hadda Way Beach Access near the Geraldton Surf Life Saving Club (Mahomets Flats) to the southern end of Glendinning Road (Tarcoola Beach) between the hours of 1600 and 0800

North Floreat Beach

South City Beach

South Cottesloe Beach

Vera View Beach – restricted

Mandurah- From Halls Head, Mandurah, Silver Sands, San Remo, Madora Bay

Wireless Hill Reserve (Ardross)

Booragoon Lake Reserve (Booragoon)

Melville Reserve (Melville)

Piney Lakes (Winthrop – as posted)

Foreshore areas between: Flannagan Road and Canning Bridge (Applecross)

Queens Road and Cranford Avenue (Mt Pleasant)

Secret Harbour

Golden Bay


Port Kennedy


Safety Bay


Whiteman Park (Whiteman)

Reg Bond Reserve, Viveash

Cable Beach

Riddell Beach

Entrance Point


Casuarina Coastal Reserve – signs indicate leash and leash-free areas


Black Beach

East Devonport Beach

Adams Beach – Bridport

Howden Foreshore – Howden

Tyndall Beach – Bonnet Hill

Long Beach

Blinking Billy Beach

Nutgrove Beach

Cornelian Bay

Kent Beach Road Foreshore – Dover

Franklin Foreshore – Franklin

Mickey’s Beach, Randalls Bay

Lymington Road Beach Area – Cygnet