How to keep your dog safe in the water

dog safe water

On a hot summer’s day, there’s no better way for your dog to cool down and keep active than by taking a (safe!) dip in the water.

But, it’s important to note that not all puppers are natural swimmers. Pups should be introduced to the water very slowly and you should always go at their pace. We recommend only introducing your pup to water once they are trained and know basic commands.

With summer in full swing, here are our top tips to help keep your pupper safe in the water!

How to teach your pupper water basics

  • Start by choosing a quiet, shallow swimming area. There are plenty of dog friendly reserves and beaches, but always do your research to ensure the water is safe and suitable for your dog’s swimming ability.
  • Keep your dog on a leash and begin by taking them along the shoreline, let them get their paws wet and become used to the sensation of the water.
  • As your pup moves deeper into the water, go with them. This will help keep them calm and feel supported.
  • Once your pup begins to paddle, you can lift their hind legs to show them how to float.

Important tip: If your pup doesn’t want to go in the water, never force them. Pushing your pupper to do something they don’t want to, can make them fearful and therefore reluctant to try again in the future. Always be guided by their behaviour and watch for reactions and cues.

Puppers at the beach

  • Always keep an eye on the ocean and be particularly careful of strong currents and unexpected rips.
  • Don’t let your pup drink ocean water. If they start to vomit, take them to the vet immediately, as this can be a sign of salt toxicity.
  • Always bring your own fresh supply of water to keep your pupper hydrated.
  • Monitor your pup to ensure they don’t try to eat any marine life that may be on the sand, including pufferfish and blue bottles.

Puppers in the pool

  • Do a temperature check to make sure the water isn’t too cold.
  • Teach your pup how to get in and out of the pool safely with the help of stairs or even a ramp.
  • Always keep an eye on your pup and make sure they cannot enter the water when you aren’t around, and always supervise them as they go for a paddle.

Post-swimming tips

Other helpful water and sun safety tips!

  • Learn canine CPR – here is a helpful guide.
  • Invest in a flotation jacket or device. Flotation devices for puppers are particularly important when going boating, where the water is much deeper and could be dangerous if they fall in.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heatstroke and never ignore them. Rapid breathing, dry or sticky gums, abnormal gum colour, bruising of the gums, lethargy or disorientation can all be signs of heatstroke. In very serious cases, puppers can have seizures.
  • If your pup has lighter skin or areas with less fur, keep them sun-safe by applying a non-toxic sunscreen.

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