The pool is a perfect place for your family and friends to gather around and have fun, especially during the hotter summer months. While much of the conversation on pool safety revolves around your children (and rightfully so), don’t forget that your dog needs to stay safe as well. Luckily, dogs are okay with swimming in chlorinated water. On the other hand, they are not as good natural swimmers as humans, and some dog breeds can’t swim well at all. To help your pooch have as much fun as you do around the pool, follow these safety tips.
Get a Dog Life Vest
Life vests are not just for people! They are great investments for dogs that can’t get their footing around pool water. Not only will they provide some much-needed buoyancy, but the bright color of life vests makes it easier to keep the dog in sight. That said, don’t believe that the life vest is the end all be all for your dog. He should still be under some supervision.
Pay Attention to Older Dogs
As dogs get older, they become more likely to get hurt from medical conditions such as vision loss, arthritis, seizures, and more. These factors make it necessary to pay extra attention to your dog around the pool, and it may be that the dog should avoid swimming at all. If you are not sure if your older dog is healthy enough to play in the pool, set an appointment with your local veterinarian to check up on his health.
Train Your Dog to Swim
For the younger, more water-prone pets, there is no problem with teaching your dog some basic swimming. As a good starting point, it’s good to have your dog be comfortable walking in shallow water first, before slowly leading him to the deeper end of the pool. For extra safety, provide a dog life vest as mentioned earlier to help with buoyancy. Taking the time to teach your dog to swim will help hone the dog’s swimming instincts so he can have a better understanding of the pool and what he can do in it.
Install a Pool Fence
Some house dogs prefer to spend their time in the backyard rather than to sit in the living room the whole time. If you don’t like the idea of leaving your dog unattended around the open pool for long periods, even if the dog has shown proper swimming safety, a fence around your pool can help keep your pet out of harm’s way.
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