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Swimming With Fido

Summer is here, and people are flocking to pools and beaches. Many dogs also love swimming. However, you’ll need to take steps to keep your furry friend safe near the water. Read on as a Fort Collins, CO vet discusses taking your canine buddy swimming.

Should Fido Swim?

Although many dogs—such as Water Spaniels, Labradors, Retrievers, and Poodles—are natural swimmers, this isn’t always the case. In fact, some of our canine pals will basically sink like a stone in water. Small dogs and brachycephalic dogs, like Boxers, really aren’t well-suited to swimming, and can quickly get in trouble. If you aren’t sure if you should take Fido swimming, check with your vet first.

Pools

When you take Fido to a pool, the first thing you want to do is show him where the stairs are. This is absolutely crucial for safety reasons. If your furry pal slips and falls in, you want to make sure that he can get back out. Test him by going to the opposite end of the pool and calling him to you.

Swimming Lessons

If your pooch doesn’t know how to swim, take time to teach him. Put a doggy lifejacket on your furry buddy for his lessons, and then gently support him as he’s learning. Encourage him with praise and ear scritches. (Treats should come later, after Fido’s out of the pool.) You can also try finding a friendly pup that already knows how to swim.

Paws

Dogs’ paws are very delicate when they are wet, much like human skin is after a bath. Don’t let Fido run around on harsh surfaces right after swimming. He could get painful blisters and abrasions!

Safety

Never leave Fido alone near the water, even for a minute. Even pups that can swim well can get in trouble if they fall into a pool and can’t get out. We recommend fencing off pools when they aren’t in use. This goes double for people with senior dogs and/or pooches that can’t see well. Pool covers are also dangerous, as dogs sometimes try to walk on them.

Fur

After Fido gets out of the water, rinse his fur to get the chlorine, salt, and/or sand out of his fur. Later, when he’s dry, give him a good brushing.

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Swimming Safety for Dogs

Are you looking forward to swimming and boating this summer? If so, you may want to bring your dog along for fun summer outings at a pool or lake. When swimming with dogs, you’ll want to be sure to always put Fido’s safety first. In this article, a local Fort Collins, CO vet offers some great advice on swimming safely with dogs.

Teaching Fido To Swim

While some dogs take to water like furry, four-legged ducks, others need to be taught how to swim. Never, ever, put your dog into water with the expectation that he will figure it out. Fido may be so frightened by the experience that he develops a lifelong fear of water. Instead, get into the water with your pup, and hold him gently. It may take a few attempts for him to figure out how to use all four legs. Reward him with treats and praise, so he feels positive about the experience.

Pool Safety

The first rule of doggy pool safety is to show Fido where the stairs are. This is crucial, because if he falls in, he’ll be able to get back out again if he knows where the exit is. Don’t just show him once: test him a few times. It may not be a bad idea to put a visual marker near the stairs, such as a potted tree or patio set, to mark the exit. Another thing to be careful of is your pool covering. You don’t want Fido to hop onto a pool cover, thinking it’s a solid surface! Therefore, adding a fence around your pool is always a good idea. If you have a senior dog, a weak pup, a puppy, or a pooch with poor vision, a fence is recommended.

Lake Safety

Before taking Fido to the lake, make sure your furry pal knows and obeys the five basic commands, which are SitStayComeHeel, and Lay Down. This is crucial because it can keep him from jumping off a dock, or wandering too close to a dangerous area. Always bring a doggy life jacket along for your pooch, and never let him off-leash near the water unattended.

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