Since dogs are family, it can be very easy to treat them that way. But a dog’s place in the pool is not the same as a person’s. Safety is always a must when playing in the pool, but your dog’s safety is entirely different issue than the safety of humans. Here are the ways that you should follow to keep your dog safe in the pool.
1. Understand that personalities determine strong swimmers, NOT breed. You may think your dog has a natural inclination to the water because of a certain breed, but your dog will develop a relationship with the water based on who your dog is, not what your dog is.
2. Give your dog a life vest. Find a comfy design that is both effective and visible.
3. Learn some pet CPR. It’s one of those things it’s better to know and not need, than to need and not know.
4. Always watch your pup. Never leave your dog unsupervised. Your pup could get tired or swallow some water or other pool hazards, and you need to be ready to spring into action.
5. Make sure your pup can get out of the pool. They may get tired of swimming or just tired of being in the water. Either way, there needs to be an easy exit for pups to leave the pool.
6. Keep your pup cool. The natural summer heat intensifies near water, meaning you need keep your pup hydrated and have easy access to shade.
7. Do not let them drink pool water. If it has chlorine in it, don’t let them ingest it. Instead, provide alternate sources of safe water.
8. Play in the water with your dog. The best way to ensure they’re safe is to join them in the refreshing cool water.
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