Even though school is back in session, Texas’ characteristically warm weather keeps those sunny summer days alive and well! Even though fall is on the horizon, there’s still ample opportunity to kick back and relax with your pup poolside. However, like children, dogs require a watchful eye to keep them happy and healthy at the pool. Following some simple safety precautions will minimize the risk of your dog getting hurt and ensure that you both have a great time. Some tips for bringing your right-hand pup to the pool include:
Be Aware of Hot Cement
Experts say that when weather is hotter than 75 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature of the ground can rise up to 125 degrees. We all know the feeling of walking on concrete in the middle of the summer barefoot. To a dog, whose paws can be more sensitive than human skin, this can be extremely uncomfortable. To keep your pooch from suffering burns, blisters, and scorched paws, lay a towel down in a shaded area for your pup to relax on. Keep to grassy areas if possible. You can test if the ground is reaching dangerous temperatures for your little one by touching the ground for at least ten seconds and seeing if you experience pain. If you can’t handle it, neither can your pup.
Be Cautious of the Water Source These tips apply to creeks, rivers, lakes, and swimming holes as well: be cognizant of water sources with parasites, algae, sharp rocks, or harmful bacteria. Don’t let your dog near those areas. A good rule of thumb is not to allow your pup to swim anywhere you wouldn’t. Remember, an innocent wade in the water can quickly turn into an unplanned trip to the vet!
Make Sure There are Easy Exits Available
Contrary to popular belief, dogs can tire out pretty quickly when they are frolicking in the water. Something commonly overlooked by dog owners is the accessibility of a pool or body of water. It’s important to know that your dog can easily get out of the water if it gets tuckered out. Pools with steps or slopes are ideal. Pools that only have ladders for entrances are a major no go. If you are at a lake or creek, make sure there is an obvious path that your dog can use as an easy exit. Just be sure you’re not leaving your pup helpless in the water.
Bring Plenty of Drinking Water
This tip may seem counterproductive at first, but pools and other bodies of water have harmful chlorine, chemicals, and bacteria that is bad for dogs. Think, would you want to swallow globs of water from your pool? Additionally, beaches consist of large concentrations of saltwater, which can get into your dog’s eyes, make it hard for them to breath, and dehydrate them. Pack your dog lots of drinking water, and it will make them less inclined to lap up unsafe water from the pool.
You should always rinse your dog after they are done Michael Phelps-ing in the water. Chlorine and salt can irritate a dog’s skin, coat, eyes, nose, and ears. Use cotton balls or a small towel to get the water out of their ears. A thorough rinse will cleanse your pup of any agents of irritation and ensure a happy, tired dog!
Contact the Walk! ATX Team
Untrained dogs can be unruly and hard to control at the pool. If you and your pup are in need of some proper training or additional exercise, the team of dog lovers at Walk! ATX can lend a hand in helping your dog become the best they can be! Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (512) 655-9557 to learn more about the dog services we offer so that the fun with your best friend never has to end.