A heat wave in New Jersey has set in. You and your dog are lethargic, inactive and lack desire to socialize.
Swimming is a perfect way to keep your dog cool and active this summer. Whether it is in the ocean, lake, backyard swimming pool or pet resort, teaching your dog how to swim is a must.
Not all dogs know how to swim. Marcy Lewis from Middletown, N.J. says, “I thought doggie paddle therefore my Bichon, Louis, will have no troubles jumping into the pool with my kids. I was so wrong! Luckily my oldest son, Tyler, saw Louis struggling and brought him out of the pool immediately to safety.”
When introducing your dog to water for the first time certain precautions should be taken:
- Breeds with short legs, thick body shapes, and no tail find it difficult to stay afloat.
- Older and overweight dogs may tire easily.
- Dogs with a flat nose will find it harder to breathe while in the water.
Safety tips you should consider before letting your best friend out for a swim:
- Introduce your dog to water gradually ensuring he or she can swim.
- Purchase your dog a life jacket. Randee Schneider from Sea Bright, N.J. recently bought one for her dog Hunter and will not let him swim without it. Outward Hound sells life jackets known for its quality, durability and keeping your dog safe. Jackets are offered in multiple colors and reflective strips.
- Check the water. If you do not want to swim in the water, why would your dog? Dogs are susceptible to infections from bacteria and microorganisms through skin exposure or ingestion of contaminated water. Cold water and length of time could lead to hypothermia.
- Look for sharp rocks and shells just under the water surface that may cut your dog’s paws.
- After a swim, give your dog a bath. Chlorine, sea salt and other contaminants should be removed from their coat and skin. Make sure to rinse the ears to prevent risk of infection. Damp ears are a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast spores. Do not forget to flush the eyes to prevent irritation and infection.
Looking for a place to take your dog to learn how to swim? Morris Animal Inn a luxury pet resort in Morristown, N.J. has an Aqua Center equipped with an indoor dog pool. This is no ordinary pool!
- 8x16x4 indoor heated pool with nine water-jets
- 8 jet Aqua Massage Tub
- Specialized air dehumidification system
- Automated lift for pets needing assistance
- Non-slip floor system
- Natural light provided by skylights
- Life jackets for all swimmers
Sessions are by appointment only and can be scheduled individually or as an activity while boarding, grooming or daycare.
Enjoy the swim!