Who can resist a puppy? Surprisingly, young puppies up to one year old are often afraid of water – even if they’re bred for water and grow into water-loving dogs. It’s wisest to introduce a puppy to water slowly and gently, with a lot of reassurance and very short introductions.
You can also teach them to swim. Some puppies will swim naturally, others won’t. Either way, the first important lesson for your puppy is to learn how to get in and out of the pool on his own.
If you’re going to have a “pool dog” carry him into the water the first few times and be next to him to help him dog paddle to the nearest exit. With each repetition, move farther away from the exit. Repeat this until your puppy is comfortable and capable of getting out all on his own.
Before you know it, you may be tossing balls and even challenging your puppy to dive and retrieve a toy!
Talk About Pool Chemicals
You don’t need to be a chemist to know that the chlorine in your pool doesn’t make for good drinking water – even for your dog. At FROG®, we specialize in making pool water care easy, with lower levels of chlorine and minerals for cleaner, clearer water – those benefits extend to your dog! While its generally ok for dogs to drink pool water, it may cause a stomachache. And of course, keep any chemicals and soaps used on or in your pool out of reach of pets.
Just as chlorine can irritate human skin and eyes, it can also irritate animals. Rinsing off your dog with fresh water after a swim will help. Keep an eye out for signs of sensitive skin issues so you can take any action needed. Using FROG products helps as well, because you use lower chlorine levels.
If your dog has those adorable floppy ears, ear infection is bound to happen, especially after a swim. Moisture gets trapped under those furry ears with their irregularly shaped ear canals and invites infection. You may notice your dog shaking his head incessantly or scratching his ears. Then, it’s a trip to the vet for inspection and medication.
You can help prevent this by drying out your dog’s ears after a swim, plus, cleaning and drying out their ears regularly with a solution prescribed or recommended by your vet will help prevent ear infection.
So how about you? You may not allow your dog in the pool, and then, by mid-summer, find that he’s a pool companion. It’s ok. Knowing how to care for your dog around the pool and care for your pool with your dog in it are the keys to continued enjoyment, all around.
Adapted from an article by Anna McCabe