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Can Dogs Swim in the Pool

Your dog probably likes to follow you around and lay at your feet. We bet that extends to the family swimming pool.

Many dogs like to take a plunge in the pool with their owners in the summer. After all, who could blame them? You’re there, they are hot, and the pool feels great!

But, the question is, “Can dogs swim in the pool?”

You’ve probably heard that chlorine is safe at the levels used in pools. We swim it, and occasionally our children swallow some water accidentally, and it doesn’t cause any harm.

So, the simple answer to the question can dogs swim in the pool is sure! It’s a great place for them to cool off and bond with your family.

We do advise a bit of caution when it comes to the giant water bowl presented to your dog. It’s not a good idea for your dog to drink large amounts of swimming pool water because large amounts of chlorine aren’t good for your pet.

Distract your dog and play with him – discourage him from drinking the water.

Some pool owners opt for non-chlorine chemicals like bromine which may be less harmful to pets.

Before the Swim

Make sure your dog is clean before he gets into the pool to minimize the introduction of extra dirt and contamination from the dog’s fur into the pool.

After the Swim

We recommend giving your dog a quick spray with the hose to rinse any chemicals off his coat. Then give his ears a quick rub with a towel or blow dryer to keep the ears dry. Chlorine won’t hurt your dogs ears.

But, if your dog has floppy ears be sure and dry his ears after he gets out to avoid ear infections.

Note: Shock your pool after your dog swims in the pool. A dog in the pool is like having 10-20 bathers in a pool!

Safety Rules for Dogs

You’ve got safety rules when children are swimming in your pool. It’s a good idea to have safety rules for your dog(s), too.

One of the most important things you can do for your dog is make sure he knows how to swim. This is much more important than whether he is swimming in a chlorine or salt chlorine pool.

If your dog is nervous to leap into the pool, coax him in with a game. Build your dog’s confidence. Take it slowly and offer the same praise you did when teaching him to sit and stay. Toss toys into the pool or gently help him in. He’ll be splashing around and having fun in no time.

Keep training sessions lighthearted and pleasant. Since dogs are natural swimmers, you aren’t necessarily teaching them to swim, but you are teaching them to jump in the pool and get out of the pool safely.

Your dog may begin to panic when it’s time to get out of the pool for the very first time. This is an intimidating situation for your friend. You’ll have to teach him how to use the steps and how to get out.

Never ever leave your dog unattended or unsupervised in your swimming pool as he could drown. If he needs your help, he may not be able to bark while in the pool to call you.

With love and guidance, your dog and your family will have a great summer spent swimming and cooling off in the pool!

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