Swimming in the pool with dogs safely

Swimming in the pool with the dogs safely can be a lot of fun. Like any responsible pool owner, there are things that you need to be aware of and maintenance you need to stay on top of to ensure that it is a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

If you are on top of the safety requirements for your pool barrier and the surrounding area according to legislation, then you are already one big step in the right direction to keep your dog safe around the pool.

From Safety to hygiene, we will look at the best ways to swim in the pool with dogs safely.

Better safe than sorry

Most people wonder if the chlorine in pool water is ok for dogs. The pool water is safe for dogs as long as the chemicals are balanced correctly.

However, it’s not good for dogs to drink chlorinated water, so make sure that you have a bowl of fresh, clean drinking water for them to access when need be.

Teach your dog not to drink water from the pool in the same way that you would train them with any other command.

Potential hazards to be mindful of

There are a few things to be mindful of when it comes to swimming in the pool with dogs safely, including their hygiene and the possible contamination of the pool water.

Dogs are known to explore and sniff around. In doing so, they are often covered in dirt and debris, which can end up in your pool if you let them jump straight in.
It’s a good idea to give them a good brush and even hose them down before allowing them to jump into the water.

Excess debris and dog hair can upset the chemical balance in your water and the filtration system. Teach your dog to wait before getting into the water, so they do not just jump in before you have a chance to clean them off.

Some dogs have skin sensitivities or conditions that can be irritated by the chemicals in pool water. Be mindful of your dog’s skin sensitivities, and make sure you rinse them off after their swim to clear away any excess chemicals and salt from their coat.

Keep an eye on their skin condition after swimming in the pool and if it becomes irritated, give them a break from pool water until it settles.


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