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Pool Safety Tips for Dogs

By Kristy @mileydailyscoop
We are smack dab in the middle of the dog days of summer. Here in the Northeast we only have a few short months of hot and sticky weather so we like to get in as much swimming and use of the pool as we can before it's closed for the Fall and Winter.
It is believed that thousands of pets die from drowning incidents every year but because most incidents are unreported, no real numbers are known.
So we only think it's appropriate to share some tips for keeping your dogs safe in and around pools this summer.
Pool Safety Tips for Dogs
1. Know Your Dog
Only you know your dog, if he doesn't listen or come when called, chances are he's not going to listen to you in the water. So work on that discipline first before getting into the pool or enlist in the help of a trained professional.
Not every dog knows how to swim or likes the water. Never just throw your dog into a pool thinking they can/will swim. Slowly introduce them to the water.
2. Supervise
Just like a child, NEVER leave your dog unattended in or around the pool. They now have pool alarm systems that float in your pool and alert you when there is a disturbance in the water. If you're unable to supervise your pet that spends most of it's time in the backyard then invest in a pool fence with a secure gate.
Your dog may like the water but may not be a good swimmer. Think about purchasing a dog life jacket to help them and you feel more secure. Again, never leave them unattended while wearing one. 
3. Just Say No Don't let you dog drink the pool water. The chemicals and chlorine can make your dog sick. No one wants un upset belly in the summer!!
4. Exit Properly
Once they have the swimming part down, it is a good idea to show them how to exit the pool properly via stairs or ladder. The ladder may take some skill but eventually they will get it. 
If a dog falls or jumps in the pool they need to know where and how to exit, if they don't they will panic and be at risk for drowning. 
5. Rinse and Dry
Once they are done swimming it is best to rinse them down with the hose to get out all those chemicals. Mostly importantly,  dry them thoroughly (don't forget about the ears) to reduce the risk for hot spots.
By keeping these simple tips in mind you can be rest assured in having a safe and fun summer with your dog!
Does your dog like to swim? If so, do they swim in a pool, lake or ocean?

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