Many people naturally assume that all dogs can swim instinctively, when in fact they can’t, many dogs become afraid and panic when they first enter the water. It is correct that if a dog falls into the water, he will instinctively kick his legs, leading to a type of doggy paddle, but if he panics this could quickly lead to him drowning. In addition, dogs need to be introduced to the water gradually, never throw a dog straight into the water, because introducing them slowly will allow them to see that it can be a lot of fun, and not something to be afraid of.
There are several breeds that are not suited to the water at all and it is best for them to stick to dry land, or a paddle in very shallow water. That being said, today we will be discussing some safety tips for those dogs that do like to be around the water. The most important thing is to make sure everyone has a good time, including your dog, so be sure if he is in the water swimming, to take breaks often because swimming is more draining than walking or running and they will tire quickly.
When you’re at the beach with your best friend, be sure not to let him in the water if it’s too rough, riptides and undercurrents are powerful and can put even the most experienced swimmer in danger. Having said that, you may do well to invest in a doggy life jacket, which is ideal when you’re at the beach. Moreover, don’t let him investigate things that have washed up on the shore, dead animals may seem interesting for him, but they could also carry diseases which could make him sick, and don’t allow him to drink the salty water either, as this can make him sick too.
If you’re using a pool in the garden be sure to show your dog the easy way out, either using steps or a ramp, so if he starts to get tired he can get out easily. Furthermore, be sure of the temperature of the water as many dog breeds can’t handle extreme cold temps, and it can be a shock to their system, instead ease him in slowly by splashing some of the water on his paws to see his reaction. Moreover, when not in use be sure to have a cover over the pool, or at least have a fence around the pool so your best friend won’t fall in when you’re not around.
Finally, it’s all about having fun with your dog, so whether you’re going to the beach, a pool, river or lakeside, be aware of the dangers and your surroundings. Don’t allow him to drink any of these waters as they could make him sick, and be sure to wash him down when finished for the day, as chlorine can cause skin problems in dogs and salt water can dry their skin out. Also, dry their ears to prevent infection and always keep fresh water nearby in case he gets thirsty.