Many dogs love spending time in or around the pool, and these important tips can help you to keep your dog safe.
The summer heat is here, and all over the country people are kicking back by the pool and cooling down. If you're lucky enough to have a pool in your yard, then your dog probably loves to hang out with you when you're enjoying the water.
But it's also important to keep your dog safe when he's in the water or around the pool. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind this summer.
Always Supervise Your Dog
Accidents happen, and even if your dog can swim, it's never a good idea to leave him around the pool unsupervised. Make sure that the area is fenced in with a fence that your dog can't jump over, squeeze under, or push through. Bring your dog with you when you're done swimming for the day, and close and lock the gate.
If you have children swimming and playing while your dog is out, then it's also important to make sure that they know how to safely play with your dog, both in and out of the water. Teach the children not to grab onto the dog while they're swimming, and always watch them carefully.
Introduce Your Dog to Water Slowly
Before you let your dog dive into the pool, make sure that he's a strong enough swimmer to navigate the water. Take the time to slowly introduce your dog to the water, and make sure that you're right by his side in case he needs help.
Many breeds of dogs take to swimming naturally, but others aren't natural swimmers and may need some time to help them learn.
Get Your Dog a Life Vest
If your dog will be spending a lot of time swimming, then it's a good idea to get him a canine life vest. This is particularly important if your dog isn't a strong swimmer.
Life vests come in all different sizes, and it's a good idea to have your dog wear one whenever he's around water.
Provide Fresh Water
When you're hanging out poolside with your dog, be sure to provide him with clean, fresh water to drink. Your dog may try to drink the pool water, which is unhealthy for him and should be discouraged.
Be sure to present your dog with his water bowl and encourage him to drink from that bowl only.
Wash Your Dog Off
After your dog is done swimming, take some time to wash him off. The chlorine from the water can irritate his skin if not removed.
If you'll be washing your dog regularly during the summer, then make sure to use a gentle shampoo, such as an oatmeal-based shampoo, to keep your dog's skin from drying out.
Have a great - and safe - time with your dog this summer!
Do you take certain precautions when your dog is around the pool? Tell us in the comments below!
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