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Pool’s Open…How to Keep Your Dog Safe

  • 7 June 2018
  • joesanfillipo

Memorial Day has passed which means most pools are open for the summer.  Time to kick back and relax and cool off on the hot days. If you’re fortunate enough to have a pool in your backyard, then chances are, your dog likes to join you in the fun.  Here are some friendly reminders to keep your dog safe in and around the water this season.

Always Supervise

If your dog is out by the pool, then you should be too. Even if your dog is an excellent swimmer, accidents unfortunately can happen. They should always be supervised.  Make sure your pool area is secured with a fence that the dog can’t squeeze through or jump over, and that there is a gate that can lock securely.  Teach your kids how to play with their dog in the pool. No holding onto the dog while they’re swimming.  When you and the kids are done swimming, bring the dog with you out of the pool area and lock the gate.

Introduce Your Dog to Water Slowly

Before you let your dog just jump into the pool and join the fun, make sure they are comfortable in the water.  Be right there for them, in case they panic or have trouble.  Some dog breeds are naturally skilled in the water, while others may not like it at all.  Give them time and don’t make them do anything they don’t want to do.

Provide Clean Water

Even though you’re spending time cooling off in the pool, your dog needs to stay hydrated just like you.  They should not be drinking pool water, so check their dish up on deck often to make sure they know it’s available and full of fresh water. 

Safety Vests

If your family will be swimming often this summer at a pool, lake, or river, it’s very important that you buy a doggie swim vest.  They come at all shapes, sizes, and prices. Consider purchasing one next time you’re in a sporting goods store.

Wash Off

When your dog is done swimming for the day, be sure to wash them off.  The chlorine that gets in their fur and skin can become irritating if left to dry for too long. If you plan on shampooing your dog often, make sure the pet shampoo you’re using is a gentle one. 

We hope these tips keep your dog safe and happy when they’re chilling around the water this summer.  Enjoy the sunshine and visit us for fun toys at Pet Wants Cincy West to play with your pets all summer.