Every year hundreds of dogs lose their live by drowning and usually it happens in the family pool. The most vulnerable are puppies and older dogs although many adult dogs also drown because they have not been exposed to water or precautions were not taken to properly introduce them to the water.
TIPS for SAFETY
Never assume a dog can swim or will like being in water.
- Never throw a dog into the pool; he may panic and you may never get the dog in the water again, and more importantly, you have damaged the relationship with your dog.
- Do not allow the dog outside unsupervised unless the pool is safely enclosed by a fence until you are 100% certain your dog knows the way out of the pool from all sides and areas.
- Heat and sunlight are more intense around a pool. Your dog cannot keep as cool as you, so watch for signs of overheating.
- Dogs with short coats, light colored coats, blue eyes and pink noses are extra sensitive to the sun and can get sunburned. There are sun blocks specifically for dogs available online and in pet supply stores.
- Provide them with fresh water to drink while outdoors to discourage them from drinking out of the pool. Chlorine can make them sick.
- A tired dog is a good dog, but an exhausted dog is in danger of drowning. Be aware of your dog’s physical condition.
STEPS TO INTRODUCING YOU DOG TO YOUR POOL:
- Supporting your dogs body while keeping is hindquarters and head above water, walk in to the shallow end of the pool.
- Go a short distance, allowing the dog to swim while being supported and then guide the dog back to the steps and allow them to gain their footing.
- Repeat the process several times and then venture to other areas of the pool
- Be patient until your dog feels comfortable in the water.
- Do NOT to let the dog panic and do not force the dog to be in the water if they do not want to be.
- Once your dog feels confident, use floating toys to toss in the water for them to retrieve while guiding back to the steps and out of the pool.
- Have fun and be safe!