As the weather gets warmer, one thing that tends to be on everyone’s mind is heading to the lake or beach. And instead of leaving their furry companion at home, many dog owners will bring them along. Just like a child, dogs need to be monitored when around large bodies of water and being courteous to other beach- and lake-goers doesn’t hurt either.
Be aware as to whether or not if your dog does indeed enjoy the water. Most dogs can’t wait to go swimming while others would rather take a snooze on the shore. Don’t force your dog into the water if he doesn’t want to go; this may cause the dog to fear the water. Make sure your dog is always within sight if he is in the water. Don’t allow him to swim too far from the shore. If your dog is still a puppy, look into getting him a life jacket. This will help to keep the puppy afloat and is a great option for dogs that might have deformities with their legs or can’t swim well.
If you take the dog on a boat, make sure he is comfortable with the situation. You wouldn’t want a scared dog to jump ship in the middle of the lake, especially with other watercraft in the area. A leash helps to keep the dog in the boat while also giving them room to move around. With smaller dogs, they have the option of being held or they can sit on a lap while still enjoying the ride.
Whenever you take your dog to the lake or beach, always have the mindset that another dog will be there. If your dog likes to wander off or doesn’t get along with other dogs, bring a leash to keep him close by. Other dog owners may understand if your dog accidentally invades their area, but some people might become upset by this. It’s also a good idea to bring doggie bags to dispose of your dog’s waste as he may need to go while you’re there.
If your dog doesn’t have proper lake/beach etiquette, you may need to leave him at home for the day, or take him to a “doggie daycare”. If you do leave him at home, have a neighbor check up on him a few times throughout the day.