The pool is a great place to spend your summers. There’s sun, toys and refreshing drinks with the little umbrellas. Oh, and let’s not forget – the water!
However, pools can also be dangerous for our dogs.
Not all dogs are good swimmers, and some breeds like the Bulldog can even drown if left unattended around a pool.
Here are 6 great tips to help you prevent such a tragedy from happening to your dog.
1. Teach your dog to swim
If possible, train your dog to swim. Not comfortable with such a task? Get help from a dog trainer. Some are more than equipped to deal with your dog’s fear of water and teach him some basic swimming skills.
2. Invest in a dog life jacket
Life jackets are perfect for the dog who will never be a strong swimmer. They offer extra buoyancy and a splash of bright colors to keep your dog afloat and visible. However, don’t rely too heavily on the life jacket to leave your dog unattended.
3. Take care of older dogs
Older dogs are more likely to suffer from arthritis, vision loss, seizures and a host of other health problems that may require special attention around the pool or prevent them from swimming altogether. Confirm with your veterinarian that your dog is healthy enough to swim in the pool.
4. Learning Dog Resuscitation
It’s essential to be able to properly administer artificial respiration if your dog accidentally drowns in your pool. Some organizations and animal shelters even offer classes on proper techniques.
5. Fence your pool
A pool fence or enclosure is a great option if you are unable to supervise a dog that spends most, if not all, of its time in the backyard. A good idea may be to take several panels from a dog kennel or enclosure and surround the pool with them.
6. Get your dog used to a small pool
The biggest concern when starting a pool is the fear of water. Some dogs, like mine, are terrified of water. They don’t dare to step in it and are in a great panic if they get submerged.
To get them used to it, buy a small dog pool. With its few square meters, it fits perfectly in all the exteriors and allows you to accustom the dog to the immersion.
Reassure him constantly, show him that water is not to be feared. Then, when he feels comfortable enough, move on to a larger area of water.