With how much some dogs love water, it is crazy to believe they don’t have fins! Swimming is a great way for your dog to keep their paws moving while keeping cool in the summer heat at the same time.

Whether you live close to the beach, have a pool, or even a sprinkler, safety comes first! Some dogs may be naturals when it comes to swimming, while others may have a rougher time.

Did you know dogs with short legs and flat faces should stay away from the water? Pugs, English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, and Boxers are some examples of dogs that should stay out of bigger bodies of water.

With smushed faces, these pups can have a hard time breathing in the water while doggy paddling with their shorter legs. Bully breeds tend to get tired rather quickly and with heavy chests, they can have a rough time finding the energy to keep themselves afloat.

Dog Walking On The Edge Of A Lake

Here are some safety tips to keep your pup cool in the summer heat while enjoying time by the water!

If Your Dog Can’t Naturally Swim Alone

Stay Away From Lakes And Beaches

If your dog has a rough time swimming, they may have some FOMO (fear of missing out), seeing other dogs enjoying the water. If you decide to take your pup to a dog-friendly beach, make sure you walk with them in the shallow water and invest in a good doggie life jacket if the water gets too deep for them too quickly.

If You Have A Pool, Make Sure It's Fenced In

Pup’s just want to have fun too! If they see you and your family playing, they may want to get close and enjoy the water with you! Making sure your pool is fenced in will ensure that your dog doesn't accidentally fall in or get too close to the edge.

Invest In A Plastic Kiddie Pool

A shallow plastic pool is a great way for your pup to stay cool during the summer months. For pups who aren’t the greatest swimmers, a kiddie pool will allow them to enjoy the water, while being lazy at the same time.

Unlike Bully breeds, The Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, English Setter, and Newfoundland are breeds that are born to swim. Goldens and Labradors in particular are breeds that will naturally fetch in the water!

If Your Dog Can Naturally Swim Alone

Start Small!

If you have a new puppy or have recently adopted a dog, don’t assume they can swim right away. Regardless if their breed is known to be a fish out of water, get in with your dog in a shallow area to ease them into swimming.

Don’t Let Your Dog Drink Ocean Or Lake Water

While swimming, your pup will get tired easily. Ocean water contains way too much salt and bacteria and can make your dog dangerously sick. Lake water also contains quite a bit of bacteria and algae that may be harmful to their gut health. Pack tons of fresh water before you head out to your favorite beach spot!

Always Supervise Your Dog Swimming, Even If They’re A Natural

In natural bodies of water, rip tides and currents can carry you and your dog further out quicker than expected. Stay close with your pup at all times and when in doubt, swim back to shore.

When you pack your swimming bag, make sure you pack some fun fido-friendly items too! The  Yellow Bounderz ball  will be a perfect addition for a fun day in the sun. The Yellow Bounderz ball floats in water and is perfect for a game of fetch!

Dog In Kayak With Yellow Bounderz Ball

These tips and more will keep you and your dog safe while enjoying fun in the sun! Before you plan your trip, check out the  American Red Cross’s guide to pet CPR. When it comes to your furry family member, there is no such thing as being too prepared!

If you’re looking for more summer safety tips, visit the SnugglePuppy.com blog and check out ‘How to Stay Safe In The Sun With Your Dog’.