waterdogEvery dog is different. Some dogs love water and some hate it but keeping your dog safe around water is extremely important. As the weather heats up and we find ourselves around pools, lakes and ocean, we need to be conscious of water safety for our canine partners.

It’s very important to be aware of your dog’s preferences and swimming skills before subjecting him to a swim.

When first time swimming with your dog, always start in shallow water and gently and slowly coax him in by calling his name. You may want to even encourage him into and through the water with a favorite toy or  a treat. Another option is to  let him follow another experienced doggy peer.

Don’t throw your dog into the water if he is frightened.

And be careful of overexertion. Swimming is very vigorous exercise and can tire a dog rapidly.

Whenever you are swimming in an ocean or fast moving river, be careful of strong tides and currents.

When your pooch is enjoying the pool, make sure he knows where the pool stairs or ladder are located. 

Have reasonable expectations for your dog. Dogs cannot fight riptides and whitewater just the same as a human.
And never leave your dog unattended in water.

Summertime should be a safe and wonderful time with your dog so be mindful of water safety and enjoy summer’s pleasure of a cool and refreshing dip with your dog wherever your travels take you.

Carmel L. Mooney is the editor of Roadtripsforcouples.com, an online travel magazine. Carmel co-hosts a travel radio show every Saturday afternoon on KJAY 1430 AM in Sacramento. Her family travel column can be read in California Kids Magazine at: www.valcomnews.com You can follow her on Twitter: @CarmelLeeMooneyor Facebook. Carmel is also the Executive Director of Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions, a non-profit that trains and places Autism Service Dogs. You can read her service dog blog at: www.pawsitivesolutions.org