Swimming pools are great for humans to cool off in during hot summer days, but have you ever thought about letting your furry friend in for a swim? As a swimming pool owner, there are certain things you should know before allowing your dog in the pool.
Can Your Dog Swim?
First and foremost, not all dogs are natural swimmers. Some breeds such as bulldogs, pugs and dachshunds have a harder time staying afloat due to their body type. Before allowing your dog in the pool, it’s important to make sure they are comfortable in the water and are able to swim. It’s also a good idea to supervise your dog in the pool to make sure they don’t tire out and get into trouble.
Keep it Clean
Dogs can also bring a lot of dirt and debris into the pool, which can affect water quality, and fur that can clog your filter. Before allowing your dog in the water, make sure they are clean. You might want to brush your dog first to remove excess dirt and fur. You can also give them a quick rinse with the hose before letting them in the pool.
Another thing to consider is that dogs have different pH levels in their urine, which can affect the chemical balance of the pool. Dog urine in the pool can cause the chlorine to break down more quickly and create more bacteria in the water. Encourage your dog to use the bathroom before getting in the pool and monitor them while they’re in the water to avoid “accidents.”
Some pool owners avoid allowing their dog in the water because their claws can potentially damage the liner when they jump in or climb out.
It’s also important to remember that not all dogs enjoy swimming. If your dog seems hesitant or scared to get in the pool, don’t force them. Instead, try to slowly introduce them to the water and let them explore at their own pace. You can also use toys or treats to help encourage them to get in the water.
Pets and Pool Safety
Lastly, it’s important to make sure your pool is safe for your dog. This includes ensuring that your pool has a fence or barrier around it to prevent your dog from accidentally falling in, as well as keeping any chemicals or pool accessories out of your dog’s reach.
Obviously, if you own an in-ground swimming pool with built-in steps it will be easier for your dog to get in and out of than an above ground pool. Your dog might be happy to jump into the water from the deck of your above ground pool, but could panic if they can’t easily get out again. A dog life jacket is a great safety option for dogs who want to be in the water but find swimming a challenge.
Your dog likely will swallow some water while swimming, but don’t encourage them to lap up pool water. It can make them sick or even seriously ill. Instead, provide a bowl of fresh water for them nearby.
Allowing your dog to join the family in the pool can be a fun way to cool off during hot summer days, as long as you take the necessary precautions to ensure their safety and maintain the quality of your pool.
By following these tips, you can enjoy swimming with your furry friend and create lasting memories together.
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