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Dogs are a part of our family and they love to come along with us when we go to the pool, lake, river, or ocean. Even if they hate taking baths, jumping into water is one of their favorite past times. The last thing you ever want to happen is your dog getting injured in water. So how do you maintain your dog’s safety in water? Here are 5 ways that you can use to ensure that your dog has a safe and happy experience when in water.
- Teach your dog how to swim
Believe it or not, only some dogs are natural born swimmers whereas some are not and others fear water and believe that they will never swim. Regardless, you need to spend quality time with your dog and teach them how to swim. You can start with smaller pools so that they won’t drown or injure themselves. If you are finding it hard to teach your furry friend on how to swim, take the help of a professional trainer.
- Invest in a dog life vest
Life vests are available for dogs and you should invest in one if you plan on taking your dog to a deep pool, river, lake or ocean. Even if your dog wants to play only for a small time, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Dogs also get tired if they swim for a long time or because of their age. A life vest will keep them afloat regardless of the situation which will keep them safe. Pick a vest with a bright color so that you can easily spot them in water.
- Learn how to give CPR to dogs
Accidents happen even if you take extreme care to ensure that nothing can ever happen. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR as it commonly known can save the life of your four-legged friend if they drown in water. It is the only proven technique that can bring your dog’s breathing back to normal. It is absolutely essential that you learn CPR so that you can provide first aid just in case something goes wrong.
- Provide safety training
Do you let your children go near water bodies without providing adequate safety training and supervision? Treat your dogs the same way even if they are good swimmers. Dogs need to know all the safety rules so that they can protect themselves from potential accidents. If you are taking your dog to the pool, teach them how to get into the pool and how to get out of it so that they don’t panic when they are in the pool. Teach your dog not to drink the water in the pool (easier said than done) as it can increase the chances of drowning and the chlorine in water can harm them.
- Take them for a health checkup
Even though swimming is a fun activity, it is also an intense activity as it requires a lot of stamina. There may be a number of health issues which can restrict your dog’s swimming ability so take your dog to the vet before you take them into the water so that you are informed.
Swimming is a great activity to beat the summer heat and with these 5 simple tips, you and your dog will be able to enjoy swimming while remaining safe from potential accidents.