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Is your dog afraid of water? Is he comfortable in the bathtub? What about swimming? Are you prepared if your dog should get into a pool? Here is a simple answer and a quick guide.
The Simple Way
When your dog is young, the most important part of his training is to teach him to be comfortable around water. For example, your dog learns to swim right away when he is 4 weeks old. But after he has mastered swimming, he still will need lots of attention and affection. Dogs do not like to stay in a pool, but there are ways to help your dog deal with water.
A water rescue dog trainer said, "One of the things to think about if you have a big dog is to make sure that you do not put too much weight on their neck or head. Some dogs get headaches from water. If you have a big dog, you want to try to avoid putting too much weight on his neck or his head."
If your dog is scared of water, you can keep him out of the pool by using a gate or rope around the pool.
You can also use a life jacket for your dog. If your dog is large or strong, you can buy a special one that does not float, just in case he should happen to get into the water.
If you are going to be at the pool with your dog, wear a bathing suit that fits under your clothes. Your dog will learn to associate you with swimming, and that may help calm his fear.
If your dog is a small, young dog, you may need to buy a water toy to keep him busy. He should not be allowed to go near the pool with you.
If your dog is a big dog, you can go with him to the pool. If you are not strong enough to hold him, you can use a leash with a handle that holds you securely to him. Be sure to have someone stay with you who can hold on to the leash if your dog does get away.
You should always keep your eyes open for other people, children, or pets who may come near your dog and could be harmed if your dog goes off-leash.
The Quick Guide
When you are at the pool with your dog, first make sure that you have his health certificate from the vet and you get his vaccination records. If there is an emergency, you and your dog need to be near a phone. If your dog becomes sick at the pool, you can call your vet or your local animal hospital.
Dogs cannot jump out of a bath tub. You need to hold them down if you want them to stay in the tub. If your dog is a big one, you can use a harness and leash to make sure he does not get out of the tub and get hurt. Be sure that the harness has a loop that fits over the dog's neck. If your dog gets out, hold on to him. Do not let him go.
If you are planning on going to a public pool, make sure that you are familiar with the rules and regulations. There are usually signs posted telling what kind of behavior is acceptable in the pool. You can also ask for help from a lifeguard.
Your dog should not be allowed to go swimming with you or other children.
Even if your dog likes to play in the water, he should always stay away from the side of the pool where there are steps or rocks. It is not a good idea to let him climb down the ladder, or to try to carry him down. Dogs can fall and get hurt.
Most swimming pools have a gate that keeps other animals from getting into the pool. The pool is not supposed to be closed off, but you can put up a gate at the side that you and your dog can use. When you go to the pool, make sure that your dog is wearing a leash and you are wearing a bathing suit.
Most public pools have a shallow end, which is just for dogs. You can have your dog play at the shallow end of the pool until it is time to get into the water. The water in the shallow end of the pool is less than two feet deep, and it is a lot easier for your dog to stay in the shallow end.
You should never go to the deep end of the pool, or put your dog on the diving board. It is not safe for dogs to dive into the deep end. If your dog is very good at jumping into the deep end, you may want to help him learn to swim. If you do not have a dog pool or a swimming pool, you can buy one. You can find dog pools in the pet department at the store. You can buy a pool with the water up to about seven feet deep. The size of the pool should be about as large as a small swimming pool. A pool with a depth of at least seven feet will provide plenty of exercise for your dog. You can get a pool with the water in the shallow end. You do not need a very deep pool for small dogs. You can put up a small fence around the pool.
If your dog has trouble getting out of the deep end of a pool, you can tie him to the edge. You may want to do this in a place where there are no kids, so that you will not be in trouble. Be sure to keep an eye on your dog so that he does not run away and get hurt.
If your dog has trouble getting out of the shallow end of a pool, you can tie him to the edge. You may want to do this in a place where there are no kids, so that you will not be in trouble. Be sure to keep an eye on your dog so that he does not run away and get hurt.
If your dog should swim away from you, you will need to go to the deep end of the pool and rescue him. If he is a big dog, you can tie him to the side of the pool with a long leash.
If you take your dog to a large pool, you should know where the exits are, where the life guards