Before you let your dog dive in the pool, make sure you take the necessary precautions in keeping your dog safe in the swimming pool!
Many dog breeds, like 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 think it could be fun your dog too.
Unfortunately, not all dogs can swim. That’s why you should take a few things in consideration before letting your dog into the swimming pool.
Christina Travalja of North shore Animal League America appeared on FOX to advise owners how to keep their dogs safe in the swimming pool.
- If you’re not sure if your dog can swim, start offby letting your dog play and swim in a kiddie pool.
- Put on a life vest on your dog. While there are dogs who probably won’t need this – likeLabradors – putting a vest on your dog will give you peace of mind. If you’re confident if you dog’s swimming skills, this is not necessary.
- Make sure your dog knows how to get out of the pool. Even dogs who are strong swimmers battle to launch themselves out of the deep end. Show your dog the easy way to get out in case they get tired.
- Just like what you would do for kids, never leave your dog unsupervised while in the pool.
- Make sure your dog has freshwater to drink. Pool water has chlorine and other chemicals in it, while it’s inevitable your dog will ingest a bit you don’t want them drinking lots of it.
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