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Introducing Your Dog to Water

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Water Safety Tips

Swimming Dog

As the video below shows you, not all dogs can swim. While this dog may look cute in her owner’s arms as she moves her legs across the surface of the kiddie pool, water safety is not to be taken lightly. If your dog has yet to meet your swimming pool, the ocean or any other body of water, read on to learn how to introduce your dog to water.

Before we begin, understand not all dogs can swim. Some breeds, such as French Bull Dogs, have shorter legs while others with naturally low body fat percentage are more likely to sink. Despite these factors, any dog can catch hypothermia.

Approach the water

Bring your dog toward your swimming pool or the shore. Let him go into the water slowly, making sure to keep the experience positive. If you need help introducing your dog to water, consult with a certified dog trainer.

Use a personal flotation device

Personal flotation devices come in various sizes and colors for dogs. The vest comes with a handle on the back so you can easily pull your dog out of the water. Putting this on your dog while at the beach or on a boat ensures your dog stays atop of the water.

Know when to go in the shade

Dogs are prone to sunburns just as we are so it’s best to use caution when outdoors. Make sure you’re aware of heat stroke symptoms, such as heavy panting, excessive drooling and bright red gums. To cool your dog down, apply an ice pack to his groin area or have him drink some water.

With these safety tips in mind, you can let your dog romp in the water as he pleases. Remember to supervise your dog at all times. If you suspect your dog is having a heat stroke, contact a veterinarian immediately.

VIDEO: Cute Swimming Dog

Does your dog like the water? How often do you go swimming together? Tell us in the comments below!