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Keeping your dog safe this swimming season

December 23rd 2020

Author: Sarah Butler

There’s no better way to cool off this summer than with a swim, but what are you doing to keep your dog safe in the water?

You would manage hazards while your children are swimming, and it’s crucial to do the same for water-loving dogs. Whether you’re going to the beach, a dip in the pool, or a boat trip, consider the following safety measures.

DIPS IN THE POOL - Pool supervision is also necessary. Many dogs love plunging into a swimming pool to cool off and play. Make sure you’re actively watching them, and ensure they have a way to exit the pool.

Brachycephalic or flat-faced breeds can often struggle to swim due to their facial structure. Short-legged breeds such as Corgis and Dachshunds may also tire quickly, so ensure you pay attention to signs they are tiring.

TRIPS TO THE BEACH - Beach trips can be fun for the whole family, including your dog. Aside from checking the beach is dog-friendly, you also need to pay attention to any warnings that are in place.

For example, take care if you decide to allow your dog to take a dip during the months when stingers and jellyfish are out in full force. It’s equally as important to be aware of any strong rips. If you’re not sure where to swim safely, talk to a lifeguard. Don’t forget about the sun too. If the sand feels too hot for you to walk on barefoot, then it’s also too hot for your furry friend. Consider visiting at a cooler time of the day and pack plenty of fresh water, along with a source of shade.

BOAT TRIPS - If your dog is comfortable around boats, then boating trips probably include them. However, even if they’re confident on the boat, don’t forget to put safety measures in place. Put an animal life jacket on them, and secure them to the boat with a harness. It’s also crucial to provide access to shade and fresh drinking water.

 Summer is a time for family fun, which inevitably includes your pets. Remember to consider not only your family’s safety in the water but that of your dog.