It is absolutely imperative that your dog is kept safe when in the water, even if it is used to swimming and has experience getting wet. There are quite a few different things to keep in mind when trying to keep your dog safe in the water and it is crucial that you remember all of them so your dog can have fun with minimal risk of getting hurt or worse.
1. Don’t rush into introducing your dog to the water
If you have a puppy that has never been in the water before, it is very important that you refrain from pushing it into the deep end too soon, so to speak. Slowly introduce your dog to water by letting it swim around the shallow end of the pool or at a lake.
2. Teach your dog how to get out of the pool
It is also very important that you teach your dog how to properly get out of the pool so it can do so when it starts to get tired. Dogs do not naturally know how to get out of pools like humans do, which is why you will need to teach yours.
3. Always keep an eye on your dog when it’s in the water
Never neglect your dog if it is in the water, even if you are just in the pool. Not all dogs are extremely strong swimmers or great with being in water for long period of time, especially when they are young, which is precisely why it is so important that you keep an eye on your pet.
4. Get your dog a life jacket
While the idea of strapping a life jacket to your dog may seem a bit silly, it can be necessary with certain dogs that are either older or not very strong/experienced swimmers. There are life jackets that you can buy specifically for dogs, or use one that is meant for children. A life jacket can mean the difference between life and death for a dog when it is swimming out in a lake or in the ocean.
5. Prevent your dog from drinking pool water
Pool water contains chlorine, which is not good for your dog. It is therefore important that you do everything you can to prevent your dog from consuming pool water whenever possible. While it may be difficult or even impossible to always prevent your dog from drinking the water in the pool (sometimes it happens by accident), it is definitely something to keep in mind if you are going to have your dog in the pool.
6. Watch out for heatstroke
Heatstroke is something that can definitely affect dogs, and heat can be much more intense around bodies of water, such as lakes and oceans. If you want to keep your dog healthy and reduce the risk of heatstroke, it is a good idea to limit its swim time, especially if it is very sunny and hot outside. Dogs can overheat just like humans, so you will want to make sure that you don’t keep your dog out in the hot sun for too long.
As long as you keep all of these tips in mind, you shouldn’t have any problems when it comes to playing with your dog in the water.