Typically dog's who struggle with swimming have a large heavy chest in comparison to their hindquarters, often have a short muzzle and short legs. For example a bulldog may slash around, but typically sinks like a rock. It is recommended that these types of dogs use life vests.
- Supervise your pets around the pool, lakes or where you take them swimming.
- Be sure your dog knows where the steps are in the pool. Teach them repetitively until you are sure she / he will swim there to exit the pool. There are also pool ramps for dogs. The main reason a dog drowns in a pool is from exhaustion due to trying to drag its water logged body out in places along the edge where there are no steps or ramp.
- Provide a pool alarm system that will alert anyone in the home to the accidental immersion of a dog in the water. These can be found online and are portable, lightweight and easy to operate. The Safety Turtle Child/Pet Immersion Pool/Water Alarm Kit is inexpensive and can be attached to your pets collar. An alarm will sound on a base station.Be safe and keep cool.