Puppies are common swimmers, correct? In reality, no they aren’t! Mutts instinctually tread water in the event that they fall in — it’s called pooch paddling – yet that isn’t the same as knowing how to swim. That is the reason all canines should be legitimately acquainted with water.
The primary, most vital advance is dutifulness preparing, in light of the fact that a puppy who defies you ashore will resist you in the pool, lake or sea. From that point onward, take after this counsel to keep your pet sound and cheerful.
Protect against drowning
- Know your dog. Some breeds are better suited for water than others. Breeds with short snouts, including pugs, English bulldogs and Boston terriers, aren’t built for swimming and will likely be better off on dry land.
- Never throw a dog into a body of water.
- Never leave a dog unattended around water. (Be sure to fence in your pool if you have one.)
- If you have a pool, show your dog how to get out using the steps. The two of you should practice exiting the pool together until your dog understands where the exits are and how to get out if they accidentally fall in.
- Swimming is tiring, and a pooped pooch is more susceptible to drowning. It’s up to you to get your dog out of the water every so often for a rest.
- Invest in a doggie life vest and take a dog CPR class.
Other water health tips
- Don’t let your dog drink swimming water. Lakes and rivers can host parasites and algae, pool water is chlorinated, and ocean water is salty; none of these are good for your dog. Keep a dish of fresh water available for your pet.
- Rinse off dogs after swimming to get rid of chlorine and salt water, which can dry their skin. Dry their ears afterward, too, to help prevent infection.