7 Swimming Safety Tips
Want to take a dip in the water to cool off from the summer heat? These important swimming safety tips for dogs will help you make the most of this favorite seasonal activity. Water safety is an extremely important part of being a responsible dog owner, and while your pup may have mastered the ‘doggy paddle’, you shouldn’t assume your dog is a natural swimmer. If your pup is just starting out, here are some helpful tips on how to teach your dog to swim.
- If your water activities involve a boat, make sure your dog is dressed for the occasion with a life vest. Even if your dog is a strong swimmer, accidents happen. It’s always best to be prepared.
- If your plans involve some beach fun, make sure you’re aware of any rough water.
- Monitor what snacks your pet may find around the water, particularly in the sand at the beach.
- If you’ll be sitting poolside, you may want to find a pool with a fence to keep your pet contained. You’ll also want to make sure that if your dog does decide to dive in the water, they know how to get out.
- No drinking the pool water!
- If you’re off on an adventure and you come across a river or a lake, be mindful of currents in the water. These can be extremely dangerous for dogs.
- Check the cleanliness of the water. Make sure it doesn’t appear to have any lurking bacteria or algae which can make it unsafe to swim in.