- DO help your dog to learn to swim with all four of their legs allowing them to be stronger swimmers, and conserve energy.
- DO NOT get distracted by others. Be very mindful of your dog's behavior. Quickly get them out of the water at the first sign of over stimulation or exhaustion.
- DO select environments appropriate for your dog's swimming ability. Currents, rushing water, and waves may not be appropriate for your dog quite yet.
- DO NOT be rough with your dog in this dangerous environment. Instead, gradually introduce your dog to water. Allow them to explore at their own speed. Provide physical and verbal reassurance and praise.
- DO rinse your dog off with clean water. This removes chemicals, salt, and dirt that easily accumulate in their coat and on their sensitive skin. Allowing your dog to remain wet for an extended period of time can cause discomfort, rashes, and health complications.
- DO NOT allow your dog to drink pool/ocean/lake water. Keep fresh, clean water readily available especially in hot weather. Also allow for shady rest areas where your pet can recover from all of this excitement.
- DO check with your vet before introducing your dog to this strenuous physical activity.
- DO NOT assume that your dog knows how to get out of the water. Make sure that your dog knows the safe way to exit the water. This will reduce stress, and prevent dangerous confusion.
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- DO consider a life jacket for your dog, especially during the learning stages.
- DO NOT forget that your dog is easily excited by their environment. For this reason you need to be aware of wildlife in the area, and how your dog might react to their surroundings.
- DO have fun with your dog. If this is something that you can enjoy together, GREAT...if not, make sure that you give them lots of love and attention.
- DO continue reading the articles below. This is where we gathered several of these great tips from, but there are more, and they each provide a unique view on the topic.
Canine Summer Safety Tips via American Kennel Club
Buddy System: How to Teach Your Dog to Swim via PetMD
Teach Your Dog To Swim via Life With Dogs