We all love lakes, the ocean, ponds, pools, and being on boats! And many dogs do, too. Here are a few water safety tips for your dogs:
1. Not all dogs are good swimmers.
In fact, some dogs don't swim well or naturally and can drown as fast (or faster) than a person. Don't assume your dog will take to the water and be able to stay afloat. Try him out in shallow water before a big excursion.
2. Preserve a life.
If you're out in a boat or raft, your dog should have a life preserver on – no exceptions! It not only will keep him afloat, it makes him easier to spot and gives you something to grab if he jumps or falls in.
3. Sink or swim?
Dogs that are heavy on land are way heavier in the water when you're trying to pull them back into your boat. Make sure you can handle your dog out of your and his natural environments.
4. Keep your dog close!
Even dogs that swim well can tire very quickly, even faster than you, because they don't understand the concept of resting or treading water – they just swim and swim, until they can't anymore. When swimming with your dog, don't let your him swim too far away from you, because he could get into trouble quickly.
5. Don't force your dog into the water.
If your dog doesn't like the water, don't make him go in! It could scare him and won't be fun for him at all!
If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.