31 May '15, 4pm

Swimming Pool Safety for Dogs

Swimming Pool Safety for Dogs

Thousands of dogs drown in backyard swimming pools annually (actual numbers are unknown because most incidents go unreported). The problem is that many dogs can’t swim, tire easily when trying to swim, or panic and go under. Here are some safety tips for protecting your dog around pools this summer. Why Dogs Drown Tough breeds like bulldogs, dachshunds and boxers lack the thrust they need from their short legs to swim. Short-faced dogs like pugs tire easily and small dogs like Maltese and Chihuahuas are easily chilled or frightened in the water, and can panic and drown. Dogs with long, heavy coats have a difficult time swimming. Many dogs drown because they become tired, disoriented and panic as a result. Teach Your Dog to Swim If your dog is like most, he’ll want to join you in the pool. Your dog may be a bit apprehensive about entering the water, so you’ll need to teach ...

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