We love to spend our summer days with our families and pets hanging out, barbecuing and playing in the pool. Pool safety is a necessity for everyone spending time by the water and the same safety needs to be applied to our dogs.
Thousands of dogs drown each year in swimming pools. They drown because many dogs don’t actually know how to swim. If they do know how to swim they can tire easily or they panic, especially since it can be very difficult for a dog to get out of the pool.
Here are a few tips you should follow in order to keep your furry family members safe as we invest more time on the pool deck.
Teach Your Dog To Swim
Even though dogs are pre-programmed to paddle when they are near water that doesn’t actually mean they know how to swim. This means that most dogs will need to be introduced to the water. There are difference techniques for different temperaments. For those dogs are are avid water lovers, be sure they are obedient. If your dog isn’t obedient enough to come to you when you call them on land, chances are they won’t listen to you while they are in the water.
Invest In A Life Vest for Dogs
If your dog still isn’t grasping how to swim, you can always be more safe by purchasing a life vest. They come in all sizes. Most vests come with a handle so you can pick them up out of the water if they fall in and start to panic. The buoyancy of the vest also gives the dogs some confidence in the water and helps to stop them from panicking.
Remember, Dogs Can’t Climb Pool Ladders
Most dogs are unable to grasp pool ladders – especially since humans are equipped with that magical opposable thumb and our K9 members are not. The lack of thumbs, along with the slippery surface, make ladders almost impossible for a dog to climb. It is recommended that you outfit your pool with a ramp or rocks so they can exit the water with ease.
Supervise Your Dogs As Though It’s A Toddler
Be as vigilant with your dog around a pool as you would with a small child. They can quickly go underwater without anyone noticing until it is too late. Someone should be assigned at all times to keep an eye on the dog to make sure they don’t fall in or escape the pool area. Get to know their energy levels so you can act quickly when they indicate they are tired of paddling.
Learn Basic Dog First Aid
It never hurts to learn a little doggy first aid as well as having a dog first aid kit nearby. They can fall, cut themselves and need CPR so being able to administer help as soon as possible gives your dog the best chance to survive an accident by the pool.
Have a great summer and be safe!
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