Always supervise your dog when they are in or near the water. Even if your dog is a good swimmer, accidents can happen, and they may become exhausted or encounter unexpected hazards.
Not all bodies of water are safe for dogs. Look for dog-friendly beaches, ponds, or swimming areas where dogs are allowed and have easy access to enter and exit the water.
If your dog is new to swimming, introduce them to the water in a shallow area where they can touch the bottom and gradually become comfortable with the sensation of swimming.
For inexperienced swimmers or dogs with buoyancy issues, consider using a canine life jacket. These flotation devices provide additional safety and support in the water.
Teach your dog how to enter and exit the water safely. Encourage them to use a designated entry and exit point rather than jumping or diving in from steep banks or docks.
Pay attention to your dog's behavior in the water. If they show signs of fatigue, such as struggling to keep their head above water, it's time to take a break and let them rest.
Ensure that the water is clean and safe for your dog to swim in. Avoid areas with strong currents, polluted water, or hazardous debris.
After swimming, rinse your dog with fresh water to remove chlorine, salt, or other chemicals from their fur. Dry them off to prevent skin issues, especially in dogs with dense or long coats.