Never leave your dog unattended around water. Even if your dog is a strong swimmer, accidents can happen. Always keep a close eye on them to ensure their safety.
Not all dogs are natural swimmers, and some may be hesitant or afraid of the water. Gradually introduce your dog to water, and if necessary, consider using a canine life jacket to provide extra buoyancy and confidence.
If you're planning on taking your dog on a boat or into deep water, invest in a well-fitting canine life jacket. This is especially important for dogs that may struggle to stay afloat or tire quickly.
If you have a pool, make sure your dog can't access it without supervision. Use gates, barriers, or pool covers to prevent unsupervised entry. Not all dogs can easily get out of a pool, and exhaustion can set in quickly.
After swimming in pools or lakes, rinse your dog to remove chlorine, salt, or other chemicals that may be harmful if ingested or left on their fur.
Even if your dog is swimming in a freshwater lake, make sure they have access to fresh water to stay hydrated. Drinking lake water can lead to stomach upset.
Dogs can tire quickly, especially if they are not strong swimmers. Watch for signs of fatigue such as excessive panting, slowed movements, or difficulty staying afloat. If you notice these signs, encourage your dog to take a break.
Be aware of the water conditions where your dog will be swimming. Strong currents, rough waves, or hidden hazards can pose risks. Choose swimming locations carefully and be mindful of changes in weather conditions.