The pool is the most relaxing and refreshing place to be during the hottest days, and what better way than to share it with your pet? Did you know that the pool is not only dangerous for your children but also for your pet? Its important to know the do's and don’ts when having your pet by the pool, so you can enjoy that nice refreshing drink and get a sun tan with no worries.
DO train your dog to swim! There are many online videos that explain how to train your dog to swim or if youre not up for the challenge, pass it off to a dog trainer!
DON’T assume that your dog can swim based on his/her breed. Many get confused that because they have a certain dog breed that is “notorious great swimmers” that they will automatically be able to swim- WRONG! Make sure your dog can swim before you put too much trust in them.
DO invest in a life vest. If your dog just does NOT take well to the trainer OR if it would just make you more comfortable knowing he/she is able to float, a life vest is your best bet.
DO learn dog CPR. This might sound a little silly, but so many people don’t even know you can perform CPR on your dog. There are training courses just like for regular CPR, you wont regret it!
DON’T forget to give your pet fresh water to drink even when its in the pool. Heat intensifies near water so that goes for dogs too, it is easy for them to get degydrated while swimming.
DO fence your pool. If you have a dog that is outside by the pool to go to the bathroom or just to hang out and youre not always able to be around, a pool fence is a great option! There are even invisible fences that can go around your pool as well.
DON’T let them drink pool water. This goes along with number 6 so they have an option to have some fresh water so that they are not ingesting any chlorine or other harmful chemicals.
DO limit their access and time in the pool. By doing this you are ensuring that they are not ingesting too many chemicals and getting too dehydrated.
DON’T use the pool as a bath for your pet. Make sure you rinse your pet with fresh water after them being in the water with a bunch of chemicals.
DO play in the water with your pet! The best way to make sure your dog is safe by being right there with them.
I hope you found these tips helpful and will make you more at ease knowing how to have a pet around the pool! Check out this safety product.