Summertime is all about good times in the sun and water, and while trips to the beach, lake or pool with your pooch can be fun, it can also be dangerous for dogs if you aren’t careful. Here are some water safety tips to keep your dog safe and the fun times going!

Always Keep An Eye On Your Dog

The most important rule, never leave your dog unattended around any body of water. Even the best of swimmers can have an accident. Pay attention to dog’s energy level and give them breaks in between long swimming sessions to prevent fatigue, and a possible drowning.

Understand Your Dog’s Breed

Not all dogs are great swimmers. Some breeds are natural-born swimmers, while others may struggle to keep themselves afloat.

  • Dogs like Retrievers, Water Spaniels, and Newfoundlands are bred to love water and are great swimmers.
  • Brachycephalic breeds like Pugs, Bulldogs, and Pekingese are not good swimmers. Their flat faces and short snouts make breathing hard for them, causing them to tire out more quickly.
  • Breeds like Basset Hounds and Korgis are also bad swimmers. Their legs are too short to paddle and keep them afloat. Be extra careful these breeds don’t wander off too deep into the water.

Check Water Conditions

Watch out for strong currents and check the water’s temperature before letting your dog in. Also keep an eye our for blue-green algae if you’re visiting a fresh body of water. This algae is very poisonous to dogs.

Rinse & Dry Off

Rinse and dry off your dog after visits to the beach/lake/pool. Saltwater, chlorine, and other water pollutants can irritate your dogs skin. It can also make your dog sick if your dog licks their fur while still wet.

Get A Life Jacket

If you want extra peace of mind, get your dog a life jacket! It could literally save their life in case of an emergency.

Drinking Water

Bring your own drinking water to keep your dog hydrated throughout the day. This will also keep them from drinking saltwater or pool water, which can upset their stomach.


If you’re traveling with your dog, read our tips to make your trip smooth and easy.