Dog safety is important to learn when you are trying to make sure that your four-legged friends are safe at the pool. Not all dogs were born great swimmers despite what people may believe. In this article, we are going to talk about dog safety and keeping your dog safe while swimming.
Dog Safety 101
These tips are mainly for dog safety once they learn how to swim. If you need to teach your dog to swim, please see one of our other articles on that topic.
Once your dog does get the hang of swimming, you are still not out of the woods so to speak. Your dog may get tired or worried and need to go to the exit, but not be able to make it because they aren’t sure where to go. Make sure that you mark the pool exits so they can tell where they are supposed to go when they are ready to stop swimming. You can mark the pool exits by putting a potted plant that is easy for the dog to see.
Using Pool Steps
While you may think it is common sense to use the pool steps, the dog might not see or understand there are pool steps there. This is why you need to help them use the pool steps and show them where they are. If your dog can see the exit but doesn’t know how to use it, that isn’t going to help anyone.
Supervise Your Pup
Even when your dog learns how to be an expert swimmer, you need to be sure to supervise them. If they get into trouble, they might need your help. If you don’t want to be outside with your dog, you can always make sure to keep an eye out for them out the window.
Get a Microchip or ID Tag
When your dog is spending a lot of time outside, you need to think about dog safety because they might get lost or escape. Having a microchip will allow you to find them anytime and anywhere.
Wash Off Your Dog
After a day of enjoying the swimming pool, you’re going to need to rinse your dog off so they do not get irritated skin or eyes. Keeping your pet safe from harmful chemicals is an important part of dog safety.
Building Your Dream Pool With Dog Safety In Mind
If you haven’t built your swimming pool yet, you can make sure that you keep dog safety in mind while you are building. There are plenty of things to think about but making it easy to get in and out of the pool is one of the most important things you can do so your dog can be safe.
We have been building pools for over 30 years and have experience with building pet-friendly pools. If you would like help with your design, make sure to give us a call so we can help you create the pool of your dreams.