Dogs and Your Pool
- by Shain Jorgensen
Oct 10, 2019
Last Updated on November 21, 2019 by Shain Jorgensen
Chances are you have seen some form of commercial or media showing a dog enjoying a day in the pool. While your furry friend always seems to have a blast, it’s important to be aware of all the potential benefits and concerns associated with your dog swimming in a pool. Keep in mind these tips for pool maintenance Gilbert AZ.
Swimming in the pool is great low-exertion exercise for both dogs and people alike. It is incredibly beneficial for dogs who have injured or weakened joints and limbs. Often times, dogs coming off of serious injuries will rehab inside of underwater treadmills to lighten the physical toll on the body while recovering. Especially in a hot state like Arizona, taking a dip in the pool is one of the best ways for your dog to get some exercise and cool off!
Although most dog breeds love water, there are those who don’t have the natural inclination to swim on instinct. Due to physical profiles, some dogs will have a much more difficult time swimming than others. Dogs with longer limbs such as labradors are built for hunting, which includes swimming quite often. Other smaller, shorter breeds such as pugs do not belong in the water whatsoever. Luckily enough for dogs owners around the world, any dog can learn how to swim with the proper supervision and lessons. Be careful however, as this requires loads of attention and time from an owner perspective.
Getting in and out of the pool is one of the other main concerns associated with dogs swimming. Not every pool comes equipped with shelves that can assist dogs from entering and exiting the pool. Due to that, it is imperative that you pay close attention when your dog wants to exit the pool.
There is no need to fret over your dog interacting with the chlorine in the pool water. Similar to people, dogs may experience some slight eye and/or nose irritation when exiting the pool. Although a fun few hours in the water is harmless to your favorite pet. If anything, be conscious of what your dog is dragging into the pool before they enter. It is always a good idea to give them a quick spray down with a hose before entering to rid them of any dirt or grime they may have on them.