There are some things that dogs instinctively know how to do. Barking, growling, and body language, are all instincts that come naturally to dogs. Swimming however, is not something that all dogs naturally know how to do.
Since not all dogs know how to swim, it is imperative to make sure that before you take your dog swimming that you ensure that they know how to swim. To read our article on teaching dogs how to swim, click here.
Do not throw or force your dog into the water. Forcing a fearful dog in to water can cause your dog to become fearful.
If you dog seems reluctant to the water, slowly lead him or her into the water, first making sure to get their paws familiar with water.
Set aside time for your dog to rest. A fatigued dog is more at risk of drowning than a dog that is not tired.
Show your dog the appropriate way to exit the pool. You can do this by getting in and out of the pool with your dog. Do this several times to ensure that they understand how to reach the steps.
Never leave your dog at a pool or in the ocean unattended. Failing to supervise your dog in the water can lead to injury, or even worse, death.
Do not let your dog drink the water. Salt water and chlorine can make your dog sick. Instead, keep a fresh bowl of water by the poolside or back by your spot on the beach.
Dry your dog’s ears. Moisture left in the ear can cause ear infections.
Rinse your dog off after they get out of the water. Salt water and chlorine can dry and irritate your dog’s skin and coat.