Dogs are known for a number of things including; incredible sense of smell and hearing, lovable demeanors, play-bows, and for some - swimming. With a swim technique named after dogs, you would think that the doggie paddle is second nature for all pups; not the case at all!  When you're playing in the pool, lake, river or ocean this summer, here are a few tips to keeping your pup safe!

There are some dogs that just LOVE to swim. It's as if it's just ingrained into their being. We've all seen the lab that can't get enough of rolling in puddles, playing in sprinklers, and begging for baths. Not every dog has this love of water. In fact, some don't know how to swim at all. Take Momo for instance, she loves the water but had to be taught how to swim.

  1. Never leave your dog unattended while near water. Enough said.
  2. Get a flotation vest. If your pup isn't a strong swimmer (like Momo), or you're going to be out in deeper water, vests are a must. The handle on the back makes it easy for you to grasp if needed and it's good for your peace of mind too! (Not to mention, they're super cute!)
  3. Pay attention to the conditions. If the river looks like it's running a little fast, or the waves are a little high - skip the swimming.
  4. Make sure you have enough drinking water on hand. It can get even hotter around water, and dogs can get tired while swimming too! You don't want your pup drinking from the pool, river, lake, or ocean - the chemicals and bacteria could cause a seriously belly ache.

Make sure to keep these factors in mind the next time you take your pup for a dip, and everyone is sure to have a ton of fun!