WATER SAFETY TIPS FOR ALL DOGS THIS SUMMER

WATER SAFETY BUSTERS FOR FIDO

Every family with a furry companion needs to be aware of swimming pool and water dangers. Their dog will end up in the pool, often involuntarily! But what if you’re not there?

The unexpected often happens with Fido falling into the pool-dogs are chased, doors are left open-accidents can and do happen. Many households own at least one dog, and many of those own a swimming pool. Those of us fortunate enough to have the companionship of these wonderful canines, need to take into account unforeseen problems   that can arise at the beach, rivers and lakes too. The issue of water safety, especially around pools and beaches, is thus an important one and can make a difference in your dog surviving an unsupervised fall into the swimming pool or being caught in a rip current.

Following these tips can be life-saving for your canine:

Introducing your dog to the swimming pool, the beach and rivers-cautiously but with tons of positive reinforcement.

Learning pet CPR. Accidents can happen at any time.

Watch out for rip currents at your beach or river -never let your furry-friend swim in the ocean when there are rip currents.

Stay away from shallow river-lake water- there are higher levels of bacteria in these waters.

Teaching Fido where the steps are in the swimming pool, so that he is familiar with getting out of the pool. You can mark the steps with a pot plant or another large object. Dogs cannot see the steps, which are hidden underneath the pool water.

Keeping safety alternatives such as water-escape devices, that are designed to prevent dogs and animals from drowning and allow them to exit water on their own. Safety ramp floats for dogs. Dogs can see the ramp breaking the water’s surface and leading out of the pool.

Allowing for your furry-best friend to have the means of getting out of the pool by himself without panicking, if unsupervised.

Fencing your swimming pool and never leaving toys in the pool. Brightly colored pool toys could tempt your dog to try and get at them or to remove them from the pool.

Water-immersion collars help dogs with compromised sight or that are disabled and old.

Young dogs and puppies need extra supervision when in the water.

And finally ,sparing no expense when it comes to dog water safety .Remember canine drownings do happen .

Claudia Bensimoun

Copyright © 2012

Canine freelance writer

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