Water Safety Tips for Dogs
The dog days of summer are here and when the temps are up, finding ways to keep your dog cool and hydrated throughout the day is a top priority. Here are water safety tips for dogs to help owners take necessary precautions when your dog is swimming in the pool, lake or pond and recognize signs of dehydration
Can my dog swim?
While most breeds can instinctively manage a basic doggie paddle, not all dogs are natural swimmers, and some dogs simply don't like water. Dogs with large, heavier chests, short legs and flat faces are often top heavy and get easily tired, putting them at higher risk of sinking. Even dogs that are strong swimmers like Retrievers and Poodles should never be left unattended in or near deep water, especially if there are strong currents or rough riptides.
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What’s the best way to introduce a dog to water?
It’s never too early to start introducing a puppy to water but be extra vigilant, as their energy can literally get them in over their heads.
- Keep inexperienced swimmers away from the edge, and don’t let them paddle too far away or get out of your sight, even for a minute.
- Choose a shallow spot to begin; you may even decide to keep your dog on a leash at first.
- If possible, get in the water with your dog, and as he begins to paddle with his front legs, lift his hind legs to help him learn how to float.
- Show them how to get in and out of the water. Dogs jumping in water also need to know how to get back to land.
- Keep the first swim lessons quiet, positive and stress-free. Encouraging them with their favorite dog toy may help make water more fun.
- If your pet seems reluctant, scared or tries to immediately swim back to the shore or side of the pool, maybe swimming isn’t for him and forcing him is not a good idea.
What are common water safety hazards to protect your dog from this summer?
In addition to never assuming your dog can swim or leaving your dog unattended near a pool, here are some other common water safety hazards to protect your dog from this summer:
- Dogs should never wear their flea collars to swim, as the water and chemicals can wash off its active ingredients, so opt for natural, pet-friendly insect repellant instead.
- Pets can still drown in a covered pool, so be sure to invest in a durable cover that can support the weight of your dog and won’t allow rainwater to accumulate.
- If your pool doesn’t have stairs, teach your dog to safely enter and exit with a sturdy ladder or ramp.
- Always have a thermometer to check the pool temp before your dog dives in, as only a few breeds can handle extra cold water.
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What does my dog need after swimming?
Swimming can be strenuous for humans and dogs alike, so don’t overdo it. Signs of canine exhaustion include excessive panting or drooling, rapid heart rate and lethargy. After the swim:
- Wash your dog down with a hose
- Let your dog rest with a well-earned nap in a nice shaded, cool area
- Offer a fresh source of water
How can I keep my dog hydrated?
Did you know dogs need one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day? Lubricating joints, helping regulate body temperature, transporting nutrients and flushing waste are just some of the key roles water plays in your dog’s body. Giving your dog plenty of water and understanding the signs of dehydration in your dog are essential in keeping your pet protected during the Summer.
According to the AKC, dry nose and gums, panting and loss of appetite are just some signs of dehydration in dogs. The key to preventing pet dehydration is keeping fresh, clean water accessible at all times.
For example, the Drinkwell® Hydration Fountains encourage your pet to drink more because they are instinctively attracted to moving water. Activated carbon filters keep the water tasting fresh by removing bad tastes and odors and provide your pet with 128 oz.+ of fresh drinking water so you can rest assured your dog will stay hydrated.
Water safety tips are just one part of keeping your pets protected in their yard. For 45 years, Invisible Fence® Brand’s innovative solutions, industry-leading training and expertise have given more than 3 million pets newfound independence and security - while also instilling confidence in their owners.
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