Is your pooch pool-ready for the summer?
July 6, 2012
With the Fourth of July already passed, summer feels like it's just getting started, but it may just be over before you know it! That's why it's so important to take advantage of every free weekend you have and enjoy quality time with your friends, family and your dog. If a pool party or two is on the horizon, this can be a wonderful way for you and your furry friend to unwind on a hot day, but above-ground and in-ground pools present unique difficulties for dog parents. The following tips will help put your mind at ease during a trip to the pool and ensure that both of you have a memorable day.
1. Start with a gradual introduction. Some dogs may not be so quick to jump headlong into a pool without difficulty. If it seems like your dog is being a bit too tentative about the water, APDT.com suggests slowly introducing him or her to the water. By holding the dog in your arms, your companion can gradually get used to the water temperature and the sensation of being in the pool.
2. Mark the exit appropriately. Most dogs will take to the water quickly and get their swimming technique down, but they may have a tough time getting out of the pool when all is said and done. Because dogs have poor depth perception while in water, you may want to mark the steps leading out of the pool with a large plant or something else that's bright. A good rule of thumb is to always help your pooch out of the pool at first, which will make it much easier with repeated tries.
3. Water concerns. According to DogChannel.com, while it's safe for your canine to frolic around in the pool on a hot summer day, consider bringing out a dish of water for him or her to drink throughout the afternoon. The chlorine and other chemicals in the pool aren't good for your dog to drink, and they will also linger on your dog's skin and coat long after a swim. Consider giving your pooch a rinse to wash off all of these pool chemicals, and dry him or her sufficiently to prevent the risk of hot spots.
There's nothing quite like heading to the pool on a summer day with your dog, but if you're looking for a change of pace, heading to the Dog Park at Bideawee is a wonderful way to release a bit of your dog's pent-up energy and mingle with other dog parents.