The summer and pools go hand in hand, especially here in the Valley of the Sun. But what about your dog? As long as the pool is safe for human use, your pet will be able to enjoy it as well. Some dog breeds are more excited about swimming than others, like water-loving retrievers, while others may be wary of the pool at first. Every dog can enjoy taking the plunge if you show them the ropes the first few times they venture into the water.
Teach your dog to swim: As a first step, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recommends that you carry him into the pool and lower him into the water gently. Your dog may be unsure of what to do next, so you can help him swim to the steps, praising him for his efforts.
Familiarize him with the pool: You can guide your dog a bit further into the pool, then assist him back towards the steps. With some practice, your dog will start swimming for the exit on his own.
Ensure your dog learns how to safely exit: Another important element of pool safety for dogs is reaching the steps and finding the exit from any entry point. The AKC suggests putting him in the pool from different points and guiding him towards the exit. Knowing how to get out of the water will help eliminate panic in case of an accidental fall.
Confirm your dog is comfortable: If your dog seems to thrive in the water and is physically healthy enough to swim, you are all set to go. If he seems a bit unsure of the water after the first introduction to the pool, try again next time.
Always supervise: Even if your pup is a strong swimmer, you can never know when an emergency situation in the water may arise. Always keeping an eye on your dog while playing in or around the pool to ensure sure he is safe.