Dog swimming safety tips to keep in mind for Labor Day weekend
August 10, 2012
Now that the dog days of summer are finally here, Labor Day seems like the last hurrah of the season before we all turn our attention to the fall. This is a time for beachside barbecues, dips in the pool and other outdoor get-togethers that will allow you and your loved ones to get a final taste of the warm weather. If you've adopted a dog from a New York animal shelter over the summer, he or she will probably be going with you to your Labor Day gathering. If there's going to be a pool or a beach for you and your dog to enjoy, consider the following swimming safety tips to give you a chance to have a worry-free holiday.
1. Invest in a doggy floatation device. If this is your dog's first foray in the water, you may want to invest in a dog-safe lifejacket to keep him or her safe while swimming, reports APDT.com. These are available for a wide variety of breeds and can fit comfortably around the midsection. Before you head to the party, consider letting your dog wear it around the house in short intervals to help your companion get used to the sensation of wearing it.
2. Supervise your dog at all times. While you may want to mingle with your friends and family during your Labor Day celebration, your first obligation is to keep your dog safe. When your dog is taking a dip in the pool or running into the water at the beach, keep a close eye on him or her, suggests VetStreet.com. Watch for any signs of exhaustion and be there to give your pooch a source of fresh water as well.
3. Add a marker to the pool. Dogs don't have the greatest depth perception while swimming, so if the party is being held at a location with a pool, you should consider placing a marker near the pool stairs so your companion knows how to get out. Something large like a potted plant will work perfectly, and you can practice getting in and out of the pool with your canine to help him or her learn the ropes.
It's hard to believe, but Labor Day is only a few weeks away. Keep these swimming safety tips in mind so you and your furry friend can have an unforgettable day.