Hello, Olivia here. With summer finally here many will be heading to the beach to cool off. Some dogs love swimming & are very good at it. But it’s important to be safe & smart when near water.
Before you dive in, your good dog should get some swimming lessons because not all of us are comfortable with the experience. The younger your good dog is when you teach him or her to swim, the better. Keep the lesson short, positive & as stress-free as possible.
Here are some tips:
- Choose a quiet, shallow spot in the water for your lessons.
- Keep your dog on a leash while he or she is learning.
- Get in the water with your dog, let them know this is a fun thing to share.
- Start at the edge of the water & stay as long as he or she enjoys it.
- never force your dog into the water if he or she doesn’t want to go.
- Never throw your dog into the water.
Just like people, dogs need to think about safety when near water. A life jacket can save a dog’s life. Sure, most of us are naturally good swimmers but even I have found myself happily jumping into a stream only to find the current too strong. A dog might also “run out of gas” while swimming. A bright colored life jacket should be worn when near water.
When at the beach, try not to let your dog drink the water ( not always easy). It might cause stomach issues, so always bring fresh water with you. If you go out on a boat, always have a life jacket on your good dog.
If you have a swimming pool at home be sure to have a fence around it to keep your dog out when it isn’t time to swim & never leave your dog unsupervised when the pool is open. Be sure your dog has an easy way to get in & out of the pool such as steps or a doggie ramp. Also be sure the water isn’t too cold because not all dogs can cope with really cold water.
After swim time it’s a good idea to rinse your good dog in clean water. Be sure to gently dry the ears as well.
Play safe & stay cool.
CEO Olivia ❤