Dog Water Safety
If your dog enjoy a nice, cool dip in the water, encourage it. Here are a few tips for the non-swimmers as well as those dogs that love the water...

Dog Water Safety

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Some dogs don't know how to swim. These dogs will only paddle with their front legs. When this happens, their rear sinks, they become totally vertical and can become frantic enough that they can actually drown. Some breeds have bodies designed for swimming, while others are built in ways that make swimming more of a challenge. However, almost any dog can be taught to at the least, tolerate the water. More often than not, they learn to really enjoy it. Here's how you can help a dog that doesn't know how to swim:

Do not just throw your dog into the water, dogs can drown. Be positive and don't be frustrated if your dog doesn't seem to enjoy the water as much as you'd like him or her to.

Make it a group effort. Some dogs will go into a pool, pond or other water without hesitation at the first opportunity, but any others need a little help from their friends. For some dogs, just letting them play in a gently sloping pond or pool is all it takes, Other dogs will follow their owner into the water with encouragement, food or toys.

Dense-bodied, short-legged dogs such as Pugs and Bulldogs may have trouble staying afloat. For added dog water safety, a quality life jacket made for dogs is important for these breeds and any other dog who has difficulty staying afloat. Quality canine life jackets provide greater visibility, greater buoyancy and a means to control or lift a dog out of the water in an emergency.
One very important point of dog water safety is life jackets if you and your dog are going on a boat ride; if he/she goes overboard unexpectedly, the handle atop the jacket will help you hoist her/him out of the water.

A dog may have thoroughly enjoy his/her time swimming in a pool but have a hard time figuring out how to leave the pool. Take hold of the life jacket handle, or direct him to the pool steps or ramp so that he can make his exit and learn where the exit is. No matter where your dog is swimming, watch for signs that he or she is getting tired; watch for heavier breathing or increased splashing while paddling.

Remember to hose down a dog after a swim in a chlorinated pools or salt water. The chlorinated water could cause dry, gummy hair and irritate the skin if the pool or ocean water dries on them. After every dip in the pool or splash session in the ocean, rinse your dog thoroughly and towel him/her dry.

Dogs and water go very well together. It is great exercise and fun for all!

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