By Darlene Stott
Published: 07/20/2018, edited: 06/17/2021
Summer is in full swing and that means it’s time to kick back, relax and cool off. Whether you’re enjoying time by the pool, lake or ocean it’s important to make sure you’re prepared with the proper pup protocol. Even if your dog is an avid swimmer there are things you should keep in mind when it comes to water fun.
Pools: Rather than allowing your pup to jump right in, start by teaching them where the pool steps are. Let them enter the pool here and guide them safely back to the steps a handful of times, praising them along the way so they know the drill and where to easily get out of the water. Playing fetch with a toy like this Loopies Water Toy will also add to the pool safety fun.
Lakes & Rivers: There’s no reason your four-legged friend shouldn’t come along on trips down river or when you’re docking lakeside. But make sure to keep them out of water that has large amounts of visible green and/or blue algae - if you wouldn’t swim in it your dog shouldn't either. Also, keep fishing gear in a designated area away from your pup whether you’re on land beside the body of water or on a boat or dock. Doggie life vests are also a great idea when boating. In addition to the added safety precaution, they’re adorable on pets too like this Fun Fish Life Jacket from Outward Hound!
Oceans: Bringing your dog to the beach is a great way to tire them out while spending quality time with family and friends. There are a ton of dog-friendly beaches nationwide, but be sure to check pet restrictions during the summer months. As you would with a small child, make sure there are no strong currents or rip-tides that can pull your pooch in. And don’t forget to bring fresh water and treats because letting your dog drink ocean water or eat whatever washes ashore can be dangerous. This awesome dual chamber water bottle from Dexas allows you to easily bring both with you in one reusable water bottle.
For more water safety tips, check out our pool safety article.
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