Summertime is almost upon us, and we will all be jumping into pools to cool off. Dogs enjoy cooling off too and here are a few safety tips.
7 Tips to Prevent Dog Drownings
Teach Your Dog to Swim – it is a myth that all dogs are natural-born swimmers. Teach your dog in a safe loving manner using positive reinforcement. NEVER throw your dog into the pool . This can create fear and panic resulting in ingestion of water. I actually remember and incident a few years back that left me flabbergasted. At the time my husband and I were living in Utah and we went on a hike with one of his co-workers. The co-worker had the most beautiful english bulldog. But the guy was an idiot and threw the dog in the river!! I was beyond shocked, what an idiot this guys was. It was horrible to see the dog struggle and the fear in its eyes as it got back to shore. This could have ended horribly simply for the fact it was a river, but the dog was also brachycephalic, meaning that it has a short snot, which can cause it to ingest water quickly unlike a dog with a long snot.
Buy A Life Vest! This is a great investment. I have several for the girls. Personally I love the vests that have a float piece that sits under the chin, these are by Outward Hound ! Remember thought that even with a vest, never leave your dog unattended in a pool.
Learn Pet First Aid & CPR – Learning pet first aid and CPR can save your dog’s life. If you have to administer CPR, always make an immediate visit to the vet. Death from drowning can occur hours later, this is known as dry drowning. There are many ways you can learn pet first aid and CPR. I highly suggest finding a class that you can actually learn life saving techniques with “dummy” pets.
Here are a couple of places to find a class near you:
Install a Pool Fence – The sad fact is that this is something that is always done after a family loses a dog 80% of the time. Sadly a couple of years ago we became a part of that statistic. Our newly found Pekingese went outside during New Years eve while we went out to dinner. It was a very cold December evening and the gunshots and fireworks had scared her and she fell into the pool. If you do not have a fence around your pool, or it is not protected someway from pets or little kids, I hope you don’t have to experience what our family did. It is so heart wrenching knowing you could have done something to protect that one little life. I saved her from the horrible streets, to die in what was I thought the safety of our own backyard. I vowed never again would we take a chance of having another life lost.
Never Leave Your Dog Unattended – Even if your dog knows how to swim never leave him unattended in the pool. Cramps, unexpected seizures and many more unknown factors can occur that can cause a drowning.
Teach them Where the Steps Are – This may be self-explanatory, but if they know where the steps are and can swim to them it just may save their life.
Install a Doggie Ramp – There are some great doggie ramps that you can install in your pool. Before we had the fence installed, we installed a Skamper Pool ramp at the deep end of the pool so there was a closer option if the dog fell in on that side of the pool. And we always made sure the dog was taught how to use the doggie ramp and wasn’t afraid to use it. One of my pet peeves with dog owners is that they like to assume the dog knows how to do things. Well, did you just hand your child a bike and told them to ride? Of course not! You taught them until they got the idea and were not afraid to do it on their own.
So this summer have fun, enjoy your pool with family, friends and pets. Just take precautions in doing everything you can to protect your dog from an unwanted drowning. Do not let your dog become a statistic.
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Excellent tips (love the pics). So very, very sorry for your loss.
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Talent Hounds says
So sorry for your loss and so important for breeds like Kilo the Pug. We had a pond in our old house and never let him near alone. Now we have nothing and I have decided not to take him to the lake this weekend as I’d be a nervous wreck. Not all dogs can swim.XS
I’m so glad that bully was alright! Thanks for the safety tips!
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Tzu Mom says
yes you can only imagine my horror of the situation!
I’m so sorry to hear about the dog that died in the pool! That is such a horrible tragedy. People do tend to wait until something tragic happens to take action. These are really great tips. I love the life jacket idea.
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GROOVY GOLDENDOODLES says
I cannot tell you how important this information needs to be shared. I’ve had both Harley and Leo placed in a pool to see their level of comfort in a large body of water BEFORE taking them to the beach. Jax is going in a couple of days. All dogs do not know how to swim. Thank you – great post…
Jen Gabbard says
Great tips – I’d be a nervous wreck if I had a pool without a fence. It’s very important to realize that not all dogs are natural swimmers; I still remember the first time my dog went to the beach and bless her heart she gave it her all but it took awhile for us working with her til she got the hang of it.
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Two French Bulldogs says
This subject is very important. Especially us cause we are top heavy and sink
Lily & Edward
This is a very important article with useful and easy to follow tips to keep our dogs safe in and around pools. I am glad to see you wrote that pet parents should not throw their dogs in the pool to teach them either to swim or to make them so scared they won’t get it near it again. When I was in 5th grade, that is how a trainer had my parents teach our American Eskimo Spitz, Megan, to swim. I thought it was cruel and I would never do that with my own dogs. Great article and very timely now that summer is officially here.