Since dogs are family, it can be very easy to treat them that way. And if you’re anything like my family, when we play in the pool we play HARD!
But your dog’s place in the pool is not the same as a person’s. Safety is always a must when playing in the pool, but your dog’s safety is entirely different issue than the safety of humans.
Here are the 11 things you should do for your dog before, during, and after a dip in the pool.
1. Make sure your dog knows how to swim.
Maybe start your dog out in a shallow, kiddy pool before throwing him into a large, deep pool. Make sure your dog is familiar with the concept of swimming.
2. Understand that personalities determine strong swimmers, NOT breed.
You may think your dog has a natural inclination to the water because it’s a (enter random breed here), but your dog will develop a relationship with the water based on who your dog is, not what your dog is.
3. Get a lifevest for your dog.
Even if you think your dog is a strong swimmer, having a life vest on them ensures extra safety. Many lakes and national parks have regulations that require dogs to wear life jackets.
4. Do some obedience training.
“Sit” and “stay” might not have a place in the pool, but “come” certainly does. Your pup should always come when you call (a simple trick is to ALWAYS reward your dog when it comes) and this goes double in the pool.
5. Learn some pet CPR.
It’s one of those things it’s better to know and not need, than to need and not know.
6. Always watch your pup.
Never leave your dog unsupervised. This is key. Your pup could get tired or swallow some water or other such pool hazards, and you need to be ready to spring into action and help them if need be.
7. Make sure your pup can get OUT of the pool.
The may get tired of swimming or just tired of being in the water. Either way, there needs to be an easy exit for pups to leave the pool. ***This one is very important. If your pup doesn’t think there is an exit, they will just stay in the pool until they are dangerously exhausted and this could result in them drowning***
8. Keep your pup cool.
According to the ASPCA, the natural summer heat intensifies near water, meaning you need keep your pup hydrated and give them easy access to shade.
9. Do not let them drink pool water.
Provide alternate sources of water. If there’s chlorine in the water, don’t let your pet drink it. Chlorine is very bad for dogs if ingested.
10. Play in the water with your dog!
The best way to ensure they’re safe is to join them in the refreshing, cool water.
11. Rinse with clean water after the pool.
This removes chlorine and other chemicals which your dog will find unpleasant or harmful.
We hope these tips will help you and your fluffy friend enjoy the pool this summer while also staying safe. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us here at Ruffgers.