Keeping Your Dog Safe In The Swimming Pool

Before you let your dog dive into the pool, make sure you take necessary precautions in keeping your dog safe in the swimming pool!


Many dog breeds, including Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Poodles and Newfoundlands, love water and are natural swimmers. These dogs do have a lot of fun in the water, and you may wish that your furry friend enjoys swimming too.

Unfortunately, not all dogs can swim. That’s why you should take a few things into consideration before letting your furry pal into the swimming pool.

Christina Travalja of North Shore Animal League America appeared on FOX to advise owners as to how to keep their dogs safe in the swimming pool.

  1. If you’re not sure whether your dog can swim, it is important to start by letting your dog play and swim in a kiddie pool.
  2. Make your dog wear a life vest. While there are dogs that probably won’t need this – such as Labradors – making him wear a vest will give you peace of mind. If you’re confident of your dog’s swimming skills, this is not necessary.
  3. Make sure your dog knows how to get out of the pool. Even dogs that are strong swimmers may battle to rescue themselves from deep waters. Show your dog the easy way to get out in case they get tired.
  4. Never leave your furry friend unsupervised in the pool.
  5. Make sure your dog has fresh water to drink. Pool water has chlorine and other chemicals. While your pooch is in the fresh water, he is likely to ingest little amount while swimming.
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