get along swimmingly

When the dog days of summer are upon us, many of us will be planning a few days at the beach. So, get ready for sun, surf, seagulls and.... safety! Yes, the beach has its own hazards to watch out for, so keep your mutts safe with the following tips:

It’s a misconception that all dogs can doggy-paddle and stay afloat. In fact I’ve known several water-dogs and retrievers that couldn’t (or possibly, wouldn’t?) swim at all. Certain dog breeds, especially those with a relatively broad chest and short legs (e.g. Bulldogs, Corgis, Pugs) aren’t really built for swimming, so additional care should be taken that they don’t exhaust themselves in the water.

Even if your dog enjoys the water and can swim, never leave him unattended. Just like people, a dog can be pulled under by strong tides and undercurrents. You may even want to consider a pet life jacket, especially if your dog will be swimming in the ocean. Finally, don’t let your dog go out too far or let him become overly tired in the water.