The dog days of summer are upon us and that means your pooch would probably relish the chance to take a nice, refreshing dip. Water activities with pets are fun, but there are some precautions you should take to keep your pooch safe this season.
- Know your pet’s abilities
Not all dogs are born with the natural ability to swim. You may have to teach him how by throwing objects for him to retrieve. Swimming may be difficult for the breeds with short legs and stocky bodies like the bulldog, basset hound or dachshund. Be sure you know what your dog is comfortable with before you let him loose.
You should never leave your pet unsupervised around a pool, ocean, lake, or pond. Even if your pet can swim, he could run into a situation that could turn deadly if there is no one there to help him.
- Boat safety
If you do not already have one, you should seriously consider purchasing a doggie life vest. Not only are they super-cute, but they can come in handy when your pet starts to get tired from all that doggie-paddling.
- Beach safety
Never let your pet swim out too far from the beach. He could be swept away or pulled under by a strong current.
- Pool safety
If you have a pool, teach your pet how to find the stairs and safely get out.
Follow these simple suggestions for your dog’s fun in the sun. Contact us if you would like more helpful pet safety tips.
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