Enjoy a Swimmingly Great Summer
Updated: Oct 22, 2021
Can my dog go in the pool?
It's getting hot out and you want to cool off with your dog. Live in a pet-friendly apartment or condo with a shared community pool? Find out if your dog is allowed in the pool first. Some dog breeds are more excited about swimming than others, like water-loving retrievers, while others may be wary of the pool at first.Every dog can enjoy taking the plunge if you show them the how.
Teach your dog to swim: As a first step, the American Kennel Club(AKC) recommends that you carry him into the pool and lower him into the water gently. Your dog may be unsure of what to do next, so you can help him swim to the steps, praising him for his efforts.
Familiarize him with the pool: You can guide your dog a bit further into the pool, then assist him back towards the steps. With some practice, your dog will start swimming for the exit on his own.
Ensure your dog learns how to safely exit: The AKC suggests putting him in the pool from different points and guiding him towards the exit. Knowing how to get out of the water will help eliminate panic in case of an accidental fall.
Confirm your dog is comfortable: If your dog seems to thrive in the water and is physically healthy enough to swim, you are all set to go. If he seems a bit unsure of the water, try again next time it may take a few times for him to relax.
Always supervise: Even if your pal is a strong swimmer, you can never know when an emergency situation in the water or playing around the water may arise.
How about a life vest?
I'm sure you heard of the doggy paddle? Dogs are natural swimmers, so once they get used to being in the water, they’ll be able to move themselves around.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider a life vest. Do you notice your pal needs a bit of help getting around, gets tired, or simply still seems a little unsure in the water? By aiding your dog’s ability to float in the water comfortably, a dog life vest can give every dog the confidence to swim and play in the water.
Does Chlorine effect my dog?
Chlorine in large doses can be harmful to both dogs and humans, but according to petMD, the amount of chlorine found in a well maintained backyard pool is at a very diluted level that should not cause any chlorine poisoning.
In fact, the expert at petMD points out that your pool is a safer option than swimming in a river or lake, which can lead to exposure to unknown microorganisms that can negatively affect your pet’s health.
Along with swimming, another concern for dog owners is dogs drinking from the pool. Although we shouldn’t encourage it, petMD points out that drinking some chlorinated water should not cause any serious issues.
There can also be concerns that prolonged skin exposure to pool chemicals may lead to skin sensitivity. To prevent this, thoroughly rinse your pet off after his swim to ensure all the chlorine has been washed off. For more Suggested reading ownthepool.com