Is Your Dog A Swimmer?

With the hot summer months approaching, you can expect to spend at least some time in  swimming pools. Everyone likes a good cool down while beating the heat – even your dog! After visiting Heritage Recreation – our pool store in CT – to gather all your summer pool gear, it is time to sit and relax. Then you realize your little fur ball is heading toward the water with you. There are many things to consider when you own a pool and a pet. The pet will want to spend time with you. However, you need to be careful when it comes to puppies and pools.

There seem to be certain breeds of dogs that just love the water. As a dog owner, you need to be aware of how your pet feels about the water. While it may seem that all dogs can swim, unfortunately, that is not always the truth. Certain breeds actually cannot swim. It is important that you understand this when it comes to keeping your pets safe this summer.

Some Dogs Love Water…

Dogs that love the water most tend to be retrievers. These dogs were bred to be able to catch waterfowl during hunts, so they naturally tend to dive head first, which can be a good and bad thing when it comes to maintaining a safe environment around the pool. It is important that you know if your dog will be a swimmer so you can properly train and prepare them in your pool, especially if they are not used to it.

But Others Don’t

Other breeds will shy away from the water and will even avoid water bowls that are too full. Breeds with broad chests and little legs are not good swimmers. Brachycephalic dogs will also avert the water due to their short muzzles, such as pugs, and bulldogs. The bulldog is the perfect example because they have broad chests, short legs, and are brachycephalic, so they cannot swim at all. Many breeders and rescue organizations suggest making sure they cannot accidentally stumble into the water.

It is important that you think about what type of dog you have and what type of lifestyle you plan on having with the dog. If you want a dog to play in the water with you, make sure you look into adopting a breed that loves the water as much as you. Remember, dogs need constant supervision. Visit our pool store in CT to find out more about which pools are perfect for you and your furry friends!

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