Pool safety tips for dog owners

With summer at it's peak, keeping your dog away from the pool will be inevitable so we explore pool safety tips

Aug 01, 2023
Dog on a float in the pool
With the sun blazing down, it's time to unleash the fun and dive into a refreshing pool to beat the heat.
 While our furry friends love to join in on the aquatic action, it's a little-known fact that thousands, in-fact a figure of around 5,000 pets is quoted who meet their untimely demise in family pools every year. Just as we take measures to ensure the safety of our human loved ones, it's crucial to prioritize pool safety for our beloved canine companions.
 Pool safety for Dog owners
Life is a complex web of decisions, and the question of whether or not to have a dog-safe pool is no exception. It ' s a conundrum that can leave even the most seasoned pet owner scratching their head. But fear not, dear reader, for there is a solution.

The key to keeping your furry friend safe is to think like a parent. Imagine you have a toddler running around your backyard, and apply the same safety measures to your pup. It all starts with a sturdy fence, one that can be locked up tight to keep your pooch from taking an unsupervised dip. If a fence isn't in your budget, don't fret. There are plenty of enclosures on the market that will do the trick.

But why stop there? For an added layer of protection, consider investing in a pool alarm system. These nifty gadgets will alert you the moment your dog takes an unexpected plunge. From high-tech options to simpler models, there's a pool alarm out there for every budget.

So, whether you choose to go all out or simply hope for the best, know that it is possible to have a pool and keep your furry friend safe. With a little bit of effort and a lot of love, you can enjoy the summer sun with your pup by your side.

Swimming pool water, specially chlorine safe for Dogs?
If your dog loves to take a dip in the pool, you might be wondering if it ' s safe for your furry friend to join in on the fun. Well, fear not! As long as you're keeping up with the pool chemistry, your pup can paddle around in chlorine just as safely as you can. And don ' t worry if they take a sip or two - a little bit won ' t hurt them. However, if the levels are too high, your dog might experience some of the same discomforts as you, like stinging eyes and a runny nose. But as long as you ' re following the instructions on the package and testing the water regularly, your dog can enjoy a refreshing swim without any worries.
 But, if you're looking for an even healthier option for your pup (and yourself), you might want to consider a saltwater pool (which can be made possible with gadget such as this saltwater system). While it ' s important to make sure your dog doesn't drink too much of the saltwater, it ' s generally safer than chlorine. The salt levels are lower than in the ocean, so a little bit won ' t hurt them. However, if they do ingest too much, it can lead to saltwater poisoning. So, as long as you're keeping an eye on your pup and making sure they ' re not overindulging, a saltwater pool can be a great choice for you and your furry friend.

Making pool safer for your Dog
Before you make a splash with your furry friend in the pool & dive in, let's make sure you're both safe and sound. We've already covered the basics, like enclosing your pool and installing an alarm, but there ' s more you can do to ensure your pup has a blast while staying secure.
 Here are five additional tips to keep in mind:
First things first, don ' t assume your dog can swim like a fish. Contrary to popular belief, not all pups are natural swimmers. Take the time to teach your furry friend how to paddle around the pool with plenty of positive reinforcement and treats. If your dog isn't interested in swimming, don ' t force it. Instead, consider a training plan or let them skip the swim altogether.
 Next, train your dog to get in and out of the pool safely and independently. You can install a ramp or add a non-slip mat to your existing steps. Once you have the tool in place, practice, practice, practice until your pup is comfortable navigating in and out on their own.
 Invest in a safety cover that can support your dog ' s weight. It may be a bit pricey, but it ' s worth it. If your pup falls onto a soft cover and sinks in, it's a major drowning risk unless you ' re there to pull them out immediately.

Consider getting a life vest for your furry friend. Even with all the other safety measures in place, a properly-fitting life jacket can make all the difference. Plus, the routine of putting on the jacket before swimming can help condition your dog to associate it with safety.  Just make sure it has a handle for easy assistance.

Finally, learn pet CPR. Take a pet first aid and CPR course so that you ' re prepared in case of an emergency. Accidents can happen despite all the precautions, so it ' s best to be ready.

Most important of all - have great fun with your Dog
Diving into the refreshing waters of a pool is not only a great way to beat the heat, but it also offers a plethora of benefits for both humans and their furry companions. Swimming is a low-impact exercise that is gentle on the joints, making it the perfect workout for senior dogs who need to stay active without putting too much strain on their bodies. Not only does it provide a cardio boost, but it also helps to build strength, leaving your pup feeling fit and fabulous.
 But the benefits don't stop there. Fresh air and sunshine are essential for our physical and mental well-being, and our dogs are no exception. Soaking up some rays while splashing around in the pool is a great way to get some much-needed vitamin D and enjoy the great outdoors. Of course, we can't forget about the importance of sunscreen, but that's a topic for another day.
 For puppies, swimming is an absolute must. It ' s an incredible way to burn off some of that never-ending puppy energy and keep them entertained for hours on end. And if you can find ways to play together, like tossing a ball into the water for fetch, swimming can be a fun bonding experience for both you and your furry friend.
 Swimming keeps your dog cool, builds strength, burns energy, creates fun, and makes the summer so enjoyable. But it's important to take the necessary safety precautions to ensure that everyone stays safe. By following a few simple steps, you can make sure that your pool is a fun and safe place for your pup to play. And as an added bonus, these tips will keep your kids or curious neighbour kids safe, too!
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