Does your dog like splashing and swimming in the water? Are you trying to teach your dog to swim? Here are some safety tips for when it comes to being in the water with your dog.

If your dog has never been in the water before, they may be nervous to start with. Keep in mind that not all dogs or dog breeds are fans of the water, while some may take to it like fish. Getting your dog their own life vest is a great idea no matter if it is their first time in the water or their hundredth. Keep a close eye on them at all times while they are in the water, and don’t drop them in. Let them approach and test the waters on their own, even try getting in with them so they feel more comfortable. Make sure you can tell if your dog is getting tired, and call off playtime before they overexert themselves.

If you are taking your dog in a boat or near boats, it is important to introduce them slowly. The motion of the boat, noise of the motor, or speed of movement may stress them out excessively. Be sure to keep an extremely close eye on them to make sure they don’t jump out while the boat is moving, or swim too close to a running motor or propeller. If you are letting your dog into the pool, make sure they know how to get out safely on their own. Don’t let them drink the pool water, supply them with plenty of fresh water instead.

Know when your pet is starting to get tired or overheated. It is not advisable to leave your dog completely unattended when they are in the water, especially if you are in a public area. If your dog is sore after a full day of swimming, be sure to let them rest for a couple of days before bringing them back for another day of play.

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