Summer is a perfect time to play in the water with you pet. The weather is hot and water activities will help your dog stay cool. Many dogs enjoy swimming as much as humans. Whether your wet n’ wild fun involves swimming or splashing, both you and your dog will can benefit from some water play this time of year.
Know Your Dog:
Every pet is different– knowing the correct water activity for your pet is key when planning an activity. For instance, short snouted dogs may not be able to breathe well while swimming, and deep-chested, muscular dogs have a harder time staying afloat. To ensure that your pooch is fit for the pool, check with your veterinarian first and get their nod of approval.
Our furry friends all have different personalities and feelings. If you are going to play with them in the pool or around any body of water, make sure not to startle them. Slowly introducing them to the feeling of getting wet is an important step if that’s what they need. If they are going to be swimming or near big bodies of water make sure to put a life jacket on them for safety.
Here are Water activities that are perfect for your pet
- Swimming in the ocean
- Running on the ocean shore
- Swimming at a dog friendly pool
- Water retrieval at a lake or ocean
- Splashing in a plastic baby pool
- Running through community fountains
Keep An Eye On Your Pet:
Lakes and pools are often surrounded by all kinds of wildlife and tempting birds. Be sure to keep track of your dogs location at all times and make sure they don’t wander off. Also, be sure to not let your dog overwork themselves in the water. Swimming can be very physically demanding and requires many breaks.
Before letting your dog swim in natural surroundings, survey the area for safety. Rivers and oceans can change frequently– consider the currents, tides, underwater hazards before letting your pooch play in the water. In the late summer, algae scum on the top of standing water can be toxic, producing substances that can kill a pet who swallows the water. When in doubt, treat the situtation like you would a child: better safe than sorry.
Keep Your Dog Cool:
Bring fresh water and keep yourself and your dog hydrated constantly. Dogs can dehydrate just like you can. When your dog is tired, call it a day.
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