Summer is here now and many people begin thinking of going in the water. Perhaps you’re thinking of taking your dog out in the water with you? Most people just assume that all dogs know how to swim but, unfortunately, that’s not the case. Before you try taking your dog swimming, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Water dogs and retrievers are usually naturals in the water but you should still introduce them to the water slowly, just to be safe.
- Most dogs can learn to swim but you should start by teaching your dog in very shallow water. Support your dog’s stomach until you are certain he is dog paddling and swimming on his own.
- Some breeds cannot swim due to the shape of their body or heads. Brachycephalic breeds (short-nosed) such as the Bulldog, the Pug, and the French Bulldog are not safe in the water.
- Before you go swimming with your dog you should fit him with a canine life jacket that fits securely. Make sure it is a bright color so it can be easily seen.
- If your dog is swimming in a swimming pool, be sure you show your dog where the steps are and teach him how to get out on his own. This can save his life.
- Whenever your dog is in the water you should be close by so you can reach him if necessary. Don’t leave your dog alone in the water.
If you follow these water safety tips for your dog, summer will be much safer for both of you.