14 Water Safety Tips To Protect Your Dog This Summer

By Ashley Tyler

The temperature is on the rise, and the water is calling your name. You're counting down the seconds until you get to enjoy some quality time cooling off at the beach, playing frisbee in the lake, or just relaxing poolside with your pup. But before you pack your beach bag and break out the pool floats, here are 14 things you should know to keep your pup safe and happy while he's splashing the summer away.

14 Water Safety Tips To Protect Your Dog This Summer
credit: damedeeso/iStock/GettyImages

1. Don't just assume your dog can swim.

There are some breeds (hey, bulldogs — we're looking at you!) that will try to swim for survival's sake, but you can be sure they aren't enjoying it. Other notorious land-loving breeds include Chihuahuas, Pugs, Maltese, Shih Tzu, and Dachshunds.

14 Water Safety Tips To Protect Your Dog This Summer
credit: golfyinterlude/iStock/GettyImages

2. Never leave a dog unattended near a pool.

Accidents happen and your pup could panic and quickly tire himself out trying to find the stairs.

14 Water Safety Tips To Protect Your Dog This Summer
credit: Bicho_raro/iStock/GettyImages

3. Brush up on doggie CPR.

14 Water Safety Tips To Protect Your Dog This Summer
credit: Chalabala/iStock/GettyImages

4. Don't forget to spray on the SPF.

Dogs with light-colored coats are more vulnerable towards getting sunburnt and need to be covered in a layer of sunblock.

14 Water Safety Tips To Protect Your Dog This Summer
credit: RockStyleConMan/iStock/GettyImages

5. Invest in a life jacket for your dog.

Use it anytime you're on a boat or swimming in an open body of water. Not only will it help keep them afloat, the convenient handle on the back will also give you something to grab on to if your pup falls overboard or gets caught in a rip tide.

14 Water Safety Tips To Protect Your Dog This Summer
credit: damedeeso/iStock/GettyImages

6. Always check the current yourself first before letting your four-legged friend loose in the river or ocean.

Pay attention to posted signage regarding tides and safety precautions since even the strongest swimmers can easily get swept up in raging waters.

14 Water Safety Tips To Protect Your Dog This Summer
credit: Diyana Georgieva/iStock/GettyImages

7. Swimming can be strenuous, so be careful not to overdo it.

Make your pooch take plenty of breaks in the shade and provide plenty of fresh water for her to drink.

14 Water Safety Tips To Protect Your Dog This Summer
credit: damedeeso/iStock/GettyImages

8. Take off your dog's collar.

Remove collars before letting her loose in the water so it doesn't accidentally get caught on underwater branches or debris.

14 Water Safety Tips To Protect Your Dog This Summer
credit: dimarik/iStock/GettyImages

9. Your dog will weigh quite a bit more once in the water.

So make sure you're strong enough to actually lift the dog out of the water before you two venture too far from home.

14 Water Safety Tips To Protect Your Dog This Summer
credit: LorenzoPatoia/iStock/GettyImages

10. Never force a dog into the water if they don't want to go.

She may end up panicking on the way in and wind up seriously injuring herself or you.

14 Water Safety Tips To Protect Your Dog This Summer
credit: LorenzoPatoia/iStock/GettyImages

11. Try not to let your pooch drink the water from any lake, ocean, or swimming pool.

Always provide plenty of fresh drinking water. Between risking gastrointestinal issues or a possible bacterial infection — it's better to be safe than sorry.

14 Water Safety Tips To Protect Your Dog This Summer
credit: Barna Tanko/iStock/GettyImages

12. Clean and dry your dog's ears.

Take care of your pooch's ears as soon as soon as he gets out of the water to help prevent a nasty ear infection.

14 Water Safety Tips To Protect Your Dog This Summer
credit: Bicho_raro/iStock/GettyImages

13. Keep an extra close eye on puppies near the pool.

Most of them are pretty clumsy and won't be able to swim longer than a few seconds.

14 Water Safety Tips To Protect Your Dog This Summer
credit: Pulvret80/iStock/GettyImages

14. Make sure your pet knows exactly how to get out of the water.

Practice the exit a few times to be positive she has it before you let the fun begin.